- - Sunday, November 27, 2011

WHITE HOUSE

Obama pops into bookstore to tout small business

President Obama pitched in over the weekend to help small businesses get into the holiday shopping season.

The president took daughters Malia and Sasha along on a shopping run to Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe, an independent bookstore a few blocks from the White House.

He said he made the visit because he wanted to support “Small Business Saturday.”

The retail industry encouraged shoppers to patronize mom-and-pop businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a counterpoint to Black Friday and the sales and special deals offered by department stores and other large retailers.

The Obamas walked out with a selection of books including “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever” and “Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.”

CAMPAIGN 2012

Powell: Tea party hard-liner won’t win presidency

Colin L. Powell, in an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” said the media and the tea party are at fault for the “divisive tone” and the current dysfunctional atmosphere in Washington. The former Bush administration secretary of state said the tea party’s lack of ability to compromise would doom a tea party-backed presidential nominee.

“The Founding Fathers compromised on slavery. They had to in order to create a country. They compromised on the composition of the Senate, of the House, of the Supreme Court, of a president. What are the president’s powers? Can you imagine more difficult compromises today?” he said.

“Compromise is how this country was founded, and unless two people in disagreement with each other don’t find a way to reach out to one another and make compromises, you don’t get a consensus that allows you to move forward,” he said.

“But the tea party point of view of no compromise whatsoever is not a point of view that will eventually produce a presidential candidate who will win.”

REPUBLICANS

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