Back in the days before Barack Obama was president, during his time as a senator, when he was tight with his aide Reggie Love, things were different. A whole lot different.
In a new memoir written by Love, due in stores at the beginning of February, he recounts stories of the times he spent with Obama, mainly in the Senate during 2008, as well as at the White House.
Soon after Love joined Obama in 2007, he became the senator’s personal aide and was in close, shoulder-to-shoulder contact with him daily.
During his time as Obama’s “bodyman,” the term coined for a personal aide, he and the now-president became very close on a personal level as well as through their work.
The new book recalls when, back in 2007 at a campaign stop in West Palm Beach, an old friend of Reggie Love came to visit him, as he writes, “She ended up staying the night.”
The next morning, as Love was just waking up and getting ready for his day, his lady friend was still in bed, as Barack Obama suddenly let himself into the hotel room unannounced, assuming Reggie was alone.
“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.
“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.”
Later on that day, when the Obama crew were on a plane together en-route to their next campaign stop, Love said he tried to lighten the tense atmosphere aboard the aircraft,
“I chimed in from the seat behind him. ‘You know, sir, if it’s any consolation, I’m having the time of my life.'”
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’s comment reportedly drew laughter from others on the plane, such as David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs.