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|Love at the Obama-Biden Vice Presidential announcement in Springfield, Illinois (2008)|
|Personal Aide to the President|
January 20, 2009 – November, 2011
|Preceded by||Jared Weinstein|
|Succeeded by||Marvin Nicholson|
|Born||April 29, 1981|
|Alma mater||Duke University|
Reginald L. Love (born April 29, 1981) served as the special assistant and personal aide, commonly referred to as body man for taking care of the president's needs, to United States President Barack Obama. Love left this position at the end of 2011, to complete his Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Educational and athletic career
He attended high school at Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated with a degree in political science and public policy from Duke University. He was a forward for the Duke Blue Devils basketball team and played on the 2001 team that won the NCAA national championship. He also played wide receiver for the Duke football team on a football scholarship where he was removed from the basketball team for a violation of team rules. While his high school team won two state titles, his college team lost the first 22 games of his career. He tried out unsuccessfully with several National Football League teams during the two years after he graduated from college.
Career with Barack Obama
Love applied for an internship on Capitol Hill in 2006. He was interviewed by Robert Gibbs, Obama’s communications director, for a position in Obama's Senate office. He was hired with the title "deputy political director". He became Obama's personal assistant in 2007, during the 2008 presidential campaign.
As Obama's aide, his job was to anticipate any and all of Obama's needs. In reference to the myriad support duties Love performed, President Obama referred to Love as his "iReggie", a play on Apple's iPad (“I have an iReggie, who has my books, my newspapers, my music all in one place.”). Love and Obama played basketball every day there was a primary during the 2008 presidential election, and they played regularly in the ensuing years, always on the same side. Obama has described Love as like his "little brother."
- Cooper, Helene. Bipartisan Agreement: Obama Isn’t Schmoozing, New York Times, December 28, 2011
- Reggie Love at Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill News and Observer
- On the Court and on the Trail, One Aide Looms Over Obama, New York Times, May 27, 2008.
- Going from one tough job to another: Love working for Obama, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 12, 2008
- The man behind the man: Obama and the aide who makes his campaign tick, The Guardian, October 29, 2008
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- Kantor, Jodi (November 11, 2011). "Leaving Obama’s Shadow, to Cast One of His Own". The New York Times. p. A24. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
- Reggie Love career statistics on official Duke site
- By from staff report (2011-04-21). "Two-sport athlete charged with DWI | The Chronicle". Dukechronicle.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
- "Guardian.co.uk". Guardian. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
- Education of a President, New York Times Magazine, October 12, 2010
- "Former Duke athlete now starting in the political arena - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
- Kornblut, Anne E. (2011-11-09). "Reggie Love, Obama ‘body man,’ to leave White House by year’s end - Washington Post". Articles.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16.