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Obama Family Participates in Small Business Saturday

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Between hitting the hardwood himself and taking in a college basketball game with his family Saturday, President Obama managed to wedge in something a bit more cerebral—a bookstore shopping spree with daughters Sasha and Malia.

The president browsed the shelves at Kramer Books, a popular Washington D.C. bookstore, with his daughters, telling fellow customers he was supporting Small Business Saturday, a day in which shoppers are encouraged to visit local small businesses after the frenzy over deals offered on Black Friday by department stores and large chain stores.

Obama, Malia and Sasha came away with a stack of books, including: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Tails, The Tiger’s Wife, The Phantom Tollbooth, Zen Shorts, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Obama also purchased Descent into Chaos: the United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

The president was asked how he felt about personal aide Reggie Love’s departure at the end of the year.

“We’re sad to see Reggie go,” Obama said, “But he’s doing the right thing. He’s going to finish his education and as you can see, we’re still getting a little basketball in.”

Love was among those who played basketball with the president earlier in the day.

In the afternoon, the Obama family, along with mother-in-law Marian Robinson, attended the Towson University-Oregon State University men’s basketball game in Towson, Md. Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, coaches the OSU Beavers. The OSU Thanksgiving weekend game has become a bit of a tradition for the Obamas—in 2009, they watched the Beavers defeat the George Washington University Colonials 64-57 and, in 2010, the Howard University Bison 84-74.

Also attending the game were Education Secretary and Arne Duncan and comedian Bill Murray, who spent time chatting with the president.

Happily for the Obama family, Oregon State romped over Towson 66-46.

The president has had a busy Thanksgiving weekend thus far, hosting roughly 50 family members and friends for dinner on Thursday and playing a round of golf Friday.

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On Father’s Day, Obama Takes Daughters Out for Ice Cream

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama took his daughters Malia and Sasha, along with his niece and nephew, out for ice cream Sunday night.

The Father's Day outing to Thomas Sweet, an ice cream spot in Georgetown, comes the day before his daughters travel with their mother to Africa.

The symbolic outing capped off several days of the president trying to emphasize fatherhood.

In an e-mail message on Sunday, Obama announced an initiative to support fathers.  He said his administration will help men who want to be good fathers facing challenges spending time with their kids.  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Major League Baseball, Groupon, LivingSocial and the WNBA are among the organizations and businesses that will offer discounts and special offers for fathers and kids.

Drawing from his own experience of growing up barely knowing his father, Obama has tried for several years now to use his influence to encourage fathers to do their jobs.  In 2008, then a candidate for president, Obama told a black church in Chicago, “We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception.”

He added, “Too many fathers are MIA, too many fathers are AWOL, missing from too many lives and too many homes.”

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First Family Attends Easter Service

Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office/File(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and the rest of the first family attended Easter service at a church in northwest Washington, D.C. Sunday.

The president along with wife Michelle, and their two kids Sasha and Malia, attended service at the Shiloh Baptist Church, a historically black church located not too far from the White House. Since moving to D.C. the Obamas have not picked a church to consistently attend, as President Obama said that his attendance would be disruptive to services.

Prior to Sunday’s church attendance, the last time the Obamas attended service was in January just before Martin Luther King Day at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 2010, the first family attended Easter service at Allen Chapel AME in southeast, Washington, DC. The selection of that church was not insignificant, as days before the Obamas made their visit, the neighborhood was shaken by a drive-by shooting that took the lives of four teenagers.

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