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Reggie Love Tells of Learning Curve as Obama's 'Body Man'

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Former assistant Reggie Love. (Jason Reed/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 05 Dec 2014 01:20 PM

President Barack Obama’s former special assistant and "body man" Reggie Love has a new book coming out soon.

"Power Forward: My Presidential Education," scheduled for release Feb. 3, is unlikely to be a "tell all" book providing inside information on contentious policy issues or scandals.

Instead, readers will get a coming-of-age book describing how Love, a onetime forward for the Duke Blue Devils basketball team, rose to become the right-hand man to the president of the United States.

The publisher, Simon and Schuster, describes the book as a story of Love’s "path to adulthood," which "went through the White House by way of Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mentored by both [Duke basketball coach Mike] Krzyzewski and President Obama, Love shares universal insights learned in unique circumstances."

The book promises to shed light on how Love learned personal responsibility during the five years he spent as Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s personal assistant during his presidential campaign and later as his personal aide in the White House, where his duties ranged from awakening the candidate on the campaign trail to coaching grade-school girls basketball with the president.

"From his first interview with Senator Obama, to his near-decision not to follow the president-elect to the White House, to eventually bringing LeBron, Melo, D-Wade, and Kobe to play with the President on his forty-ninth birthday, Love drew on Coach K’s teachings as he learned to navigate Washington," Simon and Schuster says.

But Love learned his most important lessons about personal responsibility from "keeping the president company at every major turning point of his historic first campaign and administration."

In an August 2013 speech at UCLA, Love described how he played cards with President Obama as he awaited news of the raid two years earlier in which Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden.

"Most people were, like, down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was, like: 'I’m not going to be down there. I can’t watch this entire thing.' We must have played 15 games of spades," Love said.

Love left the White House in 2012 to return to business school.

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President Obama's former special assistant and "body man" Reggie Love has a new book coming out soon, a coming-of-age story of all he learned about personal responsibility as the right-hand man to the president of the U.S.
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