(WASHINGTONPOST) — Reggie Love knows how to put the body in “bodyman.”
In a memoir due out in early February, Love recounts his years working for Barack Obama – in the Senate, on the 2008 campaign and in the White House. Fresh out of Duke University, where he’d been captain of the Blue Devils basketball squad, Love joined Team Obama in 2007 and soon became the senator’s personal aide, a role he would keep through the primaries, general election and most of the first term.
In that role (known as “bodyman”), Love spent a lot of time alongside Obama. The two men got to know each other extremely well. Sometimes too well. In a 2007 campaign stop in West Palm Beach, Fla., during a particularly stressful time on the trail, an old friend from college visited Love. “She ended up staying the night,” Love writes in his memoir. The next morning, Love was up and getting ready for the day, but his guest was still in bed. It was then that Obama suddenly let himself into the hotel room, Love explains, using a Secret Service master key. As Love tells it:
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