|Personal Aide to the President|
January 20, 2009 – November 10, 2011
|Preceded by||Jared Weinstein|
|Succeeded by||Marvin Nicholson|
April 29, 1981 |
Richmond, Virginia, United States
|Alma mater||Duke University
University of Pennsylvania
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. In July 2015, Vice Media announced that Love would become its sports editor-at-large.
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 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 his "little brother."
Love authored a memoir, titled Power Forward: My Presidential Education, about his time with Obama.
- 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
- Parnes, Arnie. "Reggie Love turns 27". Politico.com. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- 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 Joins Vice Sports". Politico. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
- "GoDuke.StatsGeek.com - The Official On-Line Home Of Duke Statistics". statsgeek.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
- Staff report (April 21, 2011). "Two-sport athlete charged with DWI | The Chronicle". Dukechronicle.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- "Obama's West Wing: Can reality match the liberal White House fantasy?". The Guardian. 21 January 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- 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. January 16, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- Kornblut, Anne E. (November 9, 2011). "Reggie Love, Obama 'body man,' to leave White House by year's end - Washington Post". Articles.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- "Interview: Reggie Love, Author Of 'Power Forward' : NPR". NPR.org. February 8, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015.