To support Small Business Saturday, Pres. Obama has made a tradition of doing some of his holiday shopping at D.C. area small businesses. For the last two years,?he and his daughters have shopped at?Politics and Prose,?a?popular?Washington bookstore.?As they were checking out this year, they were captured on camera exchanging banter about Meet the Press host Chuck Todd’s book,??The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House, which the president spotted behind the counter. He feigned surprised delight and said:
“Oh, Chuck Todd! Let’s see what Chuck has to say here…”
Malia, clearly amused, asked:
?How is he writing a book already??
They then discussed the very lonely and sad looking photo on the book’s cover.
Obama ?Look, he’s lonely.
Obama: ?Looking alienated?oh my. He’s so sad.?
Malia: ?It’s just, like, a sad photo.?
The cashier weighed in:
?They tried to find the saddest photo they could.”
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From The Daily Banter:
The exchange was a bit of a glimpse into how the President and his kids deal with the often-critical narratives that are the lifeblood of the Beltway media. Todd’s tome (which I haven’t read yet) is known as a rather intensely negative portrayal of Obama’s presidency, so much so that The New York Times? book reviewer noted that ?If the president reads Mr. Todd’s new book ?The Stranger,? it’s hard to imagine him wanting to return to the (Todd-hosted Meet The Press) program anytime soon.?
The New York Post incorrectly reported that Pres. Obama was calling Chuck Todd “sad.” The president was actually joking about how sad his own image looks. Chuck Todd himself was quick to point that out, too. Via Twitter:
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) December 1, 2014
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Watch the hilarious exchange via video below and read more about this story at The Daily Banter.
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