Small Business Saturday vs. Big Box Thursday

There was a ton of media coverage of President Obama helping do his part for small businesses by participating in “Small Business Saturday,” where shoppers are encouraged to buy from their local stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The president’s contribution to the economy:

Obama and his daughters bought 15 children’s books at One More Page Books to be gifted to family, according to the White House. It did not release a list of which books he purchased.

On Twitter the President later added, “My family & I started out holiday shopping at a local bookstore on #SmallBizSat. I hope you’ll join & shop small this holiday season. –bo”

Joe Biden had other plans, however, as he was on hand for the grand opening of the first Costco in the District of Columbia:

Biden’s cart held, among other things, flowers, children’s  books, fire logs, a 32-inch Panasonic TV and a large apple pie. The books, he said, were for a Delaware charity that his wife, Jill, had started. He said he picked titles based on “things I know my grandkids like.”

Biden did a loop of nearly the entire store, including bakery and frozen foods.

He spent some time looking at watches, including one that cost $1,200, and he put in a call to his daughter, Ashley, saying he needed to “get some guidance.” But it’s unknown whether he actually purchased a watch. 

Biden also ate several Costco food samples and appeared to enjoy them. (Who wouldn’t?)

But he turned down employees who tried to lure him to the tire department.“Hey man, I don’t need tires,” he said. “I don’t drive anymore.”

Exit questions: Why does Joe Biden hate small business and why was President Obama so cheap on his shopping trip? No new TV for the Obama family!

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