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Reggie Love

Reggie Love
Love at the Obama-Biden Vice Presidential announcement in Springfield, Illinois (2008)
Personal Aide to the President
In office
January 20, 2009 – November 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Jared Weinstein
Succeeded by Marvin Nicholson[1]
Personal details
Born (1981-04-29) April 29, 1981
Political party Democratic
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.[2][3][4][5][6][7] 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.[8] In July 2015, Vice Media announced that Love would become its sports editor-at-large.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[3][4]

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.[3] He was hired with the title "deputy political director".[5] 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.[3][5][12] 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.”).[13] Love and Obama played basketball every day there was a primary during the 2008 presidential election,[3] and they played regularly in the ensuing years, always on the same side.[14] Obama has described Love as his "little brother."[15]

Love authored a memoir, titled Power Forward: My Presidential Education, about his time with Obama.[16]

In July 2015, Vice Media announced that Love would become its sports editor-at-large.[17]


  1. ^ Cooper, Helene. Bipartisan Agreement: Obama Isn’t Schmoozing, New York Times, December 28, 2011
  2. ^ Reggie Love at Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill News and Observer
  3. ^ a b c d e On the Court and on the Trail, One Aide Looms Over Obama, New York Times, May 27, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Going from one tough job to another: Love working for Obama, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 12, 2008
  5. ^ a b c The man behind the man: Obama and the aide who makes his campaign tick, The Guardian, October 29, 2008
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  13. ^ Education of a President, New York Times Magazine, October 12, 2010
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