Reggie Love

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Reggie Love
Reggie Love at rally cropped.jpg
Personal Aide to the President
In office
January 20, 2009 – November 10, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJared Weinstein
Succeeded byBrian Mosteller
Personal details
Born (1981-04-29) April 29, 1981 (age 38)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDuke University
University of Pennsylvania

Reginald L. "Reggie" Love (born April 29, 1981) is an American political aide, former college basketball player, and media editor. Love served as the special assistant and personal aide, commonly referred to as body man, to United States President Barack Obama.[1][2][3][4] 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.[5] In July 2015, Vice Media announced that Love would become an editor-at-large for its sport site, Vice Sports.[6][7]

Educational and athletic career[edit]

Love attended high school at Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina.[8]

He graduated with a degree in political science and public policy from Duke University. While at Duke, he was a two-sport athlete, playing both football and basketball.[9] He played wide receiver for the Duke Blue Devils football team on a football scholarship. [10][11]

Love also played forward for the Duke Blue Devils basketball team. He was a walk-on as a freshman, and ended up as a team captain as a senior.[12] He played on the 2001 team that won the NCAA national championship.[13]

Career with Barack Obama[edit]

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.[1] He was hired with the title of deputy political director.[3] He became Obama's personal assistant in 2007, during the 2008 presidential campaign.[14]

As Obama's aide, his job was to anticipate any and all of Obama's needs.[1][3][15] In reference to the myriad support duties Love performed, Obama referred to Love as his "iReggie", a play on Apple's iPad, humorously stating that "I have an iReggie, who has my books, my newspapers, my music all in one place".[16] Love and Obama played basketball every day there was a primary during the 2008 presidential election,[1] and they played regularly in the ensuing years, always on the same side.[17] Obama has described Love as his "little brother."[18]

Post White House career[edit]

Love completed his MBA at the Wharton School in 2013.[19] After graduation, he became a partner and vice president for RON Transatlantic Holdings.

Love authored a memoir, titled Power Forward: My Presidential Education, about his time with Obama.[20] The book was released in February 2015.

In July 2015, Love became an editor-at-large for Vice Sports,[7] in addition to his role at Vice Media.


  1. ^ a b c d Parker, Ashley (May 27, 2008). "On the Court and on the Trail, One Aide Looms Over Obama". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Going from one tough job to another: Love working for Obama, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 12, 2008
  3. ^ a b c Wolffe, Richard (October 29, 2008). "The man behind the man: Obama and the aide who makes his campaign tick". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Parnes, Arnie. "Reggie Love turns 27". Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Gold, Hadas (July 9, 2015). "Reggie Love Joins Vice Sports". Politico. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Vice Sports editorial team grows, adds former Obama aide Reggie Love". Vice Sports. July 9, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Providence Day School". Providence Day School. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Dennis, Abby (Duke Sports Information Office) (March 21, 2001). "Love Balances Football And Hoops". Go Duke. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  10. ^ Staff report (April 21, 2011). "Two-sport athlete charged with DWI". Duke Chronicle. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ Martin, Nick (February 4, 2015). "Love details time with President Obama in new book "Power Forward"". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "How Reggie Love Got His Presidential Education". Wharton School. May 14, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  13. ^ " - The Official On-Line Home Of Duke Statistics". Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  14. ^ "This is what it was like to be President Obama's 'surrogate son' and 'chief of stuff'". Business Insider. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  15. ^ "Obama's West Wing: Can reality match the liberal White House fantasy?". The Guardian. January 21, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  16. ^ Education of a President, The New York Times Magazine, October 12, 2010
  17. ^ "Former Duke athlete now starting in the political arena - ESPN". January 16, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  18. ^ Kornblut, Anne E. (November 9, 2011). "Reggie Love, Obama 'body man', to leave White House by year's end - Washington Post". Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  19. ^ Wilson, David McKay. "Declassified: The Alumni Files". Wharton Magazine. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  20. ^ "Interview: Reggie Love, Author Of 'Power Forward' : NPR". February 8, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015.

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