Subject: In-town pool report #5 — Books
Pool was led into the store at about 12:40 and Potus was already browsing and mingling in the fairly crowded store. Daughters Sasha and Malia were with him, at times meandering away to peruse the shelves while their dad chatted up other customers.
Pool was stationed a good 50 ft away at the check out and could not hear any conversations. We had time to look at the inventory of tote bags, which included a plastic shopping bag with a cartoon picture of Michelle Obama on it. It reads “First Lady of Fabulous” and sells for $12.
Potus was wearing a brown leather jacket and light tan sweater. After about 20min, he made his way to the registers, saying “Happy Holidays” to a little boy and turning to look for Sasha and Malia. “I need their help.”
His books (see partial list below) were already on the counter. Potus chatted with the sales clerk about a bookstore in Chicago, the pool could not hear the name.
Asked what he bought, Potus said “it is a long list” and “Books for every age group, from 5 to 52,” he said, smiling. With that, we were ushered out. Potus left by saying, “Have a great holiday!” and the shoppers applauded.
The following info is from the White House:
Politics and Prose Owners: Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine
A partial book list is below, more coming soon —
Half Brother – Oppel
Heart of A Samurai – Preus
Flora and Ulysses – DiCamillo
Jinx – Blackwood –
Lulu and the Brontosaurus – Ciorst/Smith
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat – Riddell
Moonday – Rex
Journey – Becker
Subject: In-town pool report #6
Motorcade left Politics and Prose and 1:08 and was back at the White House at 1:28.
Per the WH, Potus bought these books, in addition to list in report #5.
The Lowland – Lahiri
Red Sparrow – Matthews
Harold and the Purple Crayon – Johnson
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Marra
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance – Epstein
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football – Dawidoff
Ballad of the Sad Cafe: And Other Stories – McCullers
My Antonia – Cather
Ragtime – Doctorow
The Kite Runner – Hosseini
Buddha in the Attic – Otsuka
All That Is – Salter
Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail – Strayed