Obama’s Right Hand Man Reggie Love On The Project

Former President’s aide to offer an insight into life in the White House

Reggie Love never quite made it as a professional athlete.

A star basketballer and footballer in college, in 2004 and 2005 he got as far as summer try-outs with US football teams the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys – but each time was cut before the season began.

So in 2006, with a degree in political science and public policy behind him, the then 25-year-old Reggie applied for an internship with the United States Congress – and was quickly swept into a position in Barack Obama’s Senate office, where he became deputy political director.

And when Obama hit the hustings for his Presidential campaign, Reggie was right there beside him, as his personal aide, aka his ‘bodyman’ - or as Obama used to refer to him, his ‘iReggie’.

Reggie not only handled all the day to day details of Barack’s life – from phone calls to mouthwash - he also influenced his musical tastes, getting the presidential candidate into Jay-Z, while Obama introduced him to John Coltrane and Frank Sinatra.

But the pair particularly bonded over basketball, playing together on every day on which there was a primary in the 2008 Presidential election, and subsequently during Obama’s presidency.

Reggie continued to act as Obama’s shadow, 18 hours a day, through his first term, until at the end of 2011 he left to complete his MBA.

Now an editor-at-large for Vice Sports, Reggie Love will join The Project on Monday night to offer an insight into life in the White House with President Obama.

You can join Reggie Love and other inspiring industry leaders at the Executive Secretary Live conference in Sydney on July 13 & 14.

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