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Reggie Love: Obama Walked In on Me During Hookup

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"Bodyman" Reggie Love. (Jessie Grant/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 09:20 AM

In 2007, when President Barack Obama was a senator campaigning for the White House, he once walked in on a campaign staffer who had a woman in bed, according to The Washington Post.

In an upcoming memoir penned by former Obama "bodyman" Reggie Love, who played forward on the Duke University Blue Devils basketball team before spending five years working for Obama, says his boss took the unexpected encounter in stride.

"I remember the most peremptory of knocks, the sound of his voice talking even as he walked in. … He was charged up, going a mile a minute," Love recalls of the time Obama used a Secret Service master key to let himself into Love’s hotel room during a campaign stop in West Palm Beach, Florida.

"'Hey, Reggie, we need to go over the schedule' — at which point the senator finally noticed my friend in bed, covers pulled to her throat, mortified.

" 'Oh,' he said. 'I apologize.' Then he turned around and hurried out.

"'Was that?' she asked, face red.

"'Senator Barack Obama,' I said sheepishly."

On a plane later that day, while Obama vented to his staff about news coverage and campaigning challenges, Love said he tried to lighten the mood.

"If it’s any consolation, I’m having the time of my life," he said.

"And the senator said to me, 'Well, Reggie, it’s actually not a consolation to me that my campaign for president can help subsidize your love life,'" Obama responded, drawing guffaws from advisers David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs and others.

Love got the last laugh, telling his boss, "actually, sir, I got way more action in college."

"If nothing else, I was providing a distraction from the gloom," Love writes in his memoir. "I’d uncovered another facet to the bodyman role: that of court jester."

In his memoir, "Power Forward: My Presidential Education," scheduled for release on Feb. 3, Love reflects on his years working alongside Obama, beginning as a personal assistant during the 2008 presidential campaign before rising to become the president's personal aide in the White House.

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