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Who shops at indie bookstores? President Obama does

March 27, 2010 | 10:02 am

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Just in case you missed it: President Obama made a surprise stop at Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City this week. While this picture showed him shopping in the current affairs section, what he wound up buying -- with cash -- were children's books. He picked up "Journey to the River Sea" by Eva Ibbotson and "The Secret of Zoom" by Lynne Jonell for his daughters, and a pop-up Star Wars book for White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs' son.

Obama went to Prairie Lights to make a point about small businesses and healthcare, but it's the book part that I think is more fun.

And in case a photo of the president purchasing the books isn't enough book-buying fun for you, there's a video below.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: President Obama buys books at Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City, Iowa, on Tuesday. Credit: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images

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