President and daughters visit bookstore (Kramerbooks) near White house

*You can’t say the prez is on the sidelines when it comes to helping small business get some holiday retail sales action.

President Obama took daughters, Malia and Sasha, along on a shopping run to a bookstore (Kramerbooks) a few blocks from the White House.

He says he made the visit because it’s “small business Saturday” and he wanted to support a small business.

The retail industry is encouraging shoppers to patronize mom-and-pop businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s a counterpoint to Black Friday and the sales and special deals offered by department stores and other large retailers, reports The AP.

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.”