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President Obama and his daughters went shopping at an independent bookstore in Arlington on Small Business Saturday, the annual marketing event aimed at promoting mom-and-pop shops across the country.

According to press reports, the president picked up 15 children’s books in about 20 minutes — he reportedly had his shopping list on a Blackberry — at One More Page Books, owned by Eileen McGervey.

The president later tweeted the following: “My family & I started our holiday shopping at a local bookstore on #SmallBizSat. I hope you’ll join & shop small this holiday season. -bo.”

The president signs his Twitter messages “-bo.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports