November 10th, 2011
06:34 PM ET
President Obama’s ubiquitous assistant and body-man Reggie Love is getting ready to leave the White House at the end of the year. Never far behind the president, Love is the man responsible for keeping the leader of the free world on schedule and can often be seen carrying bags full of briefing books and background papers as the president walks ahead unencumbered.
“Over the years, Reggie has been a friend, a teammate, and an indispensable member of my staff,” President Obama said today in a statement. “From my Senate office to the White House, his ability to juggle so many responsibilities with so little sleep has been an inspiration to watch. He is the master of what he does. And even though I will miss seeing Reggie every day, I want to thank him for his service and wish him all the best as he begins a new chapter in his career.”
Love began working for Obama’s senate office in 2005, and served as candidate Obama’s traveling assistant throughout the 2008 campaign. Before that he was a member of Duke University’s 2001 NCAA Championship basketball team, making him the perfect teammate for President Obama in the frequent pickup basketball games on the White House South Lawn. Love even helped organize a birthday game for Obama in 2010 featuring such NBA stars as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Grant Hill and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
For much of the past year – in addition to shadowing the president almost everywhere he goes – Love has been attending the Wharton Executive MBA program, and he will be leaving the White House to focus more on school. So the president might be comforted to know that Love will not be too far away. An exact date for Love’s departure has yet to be announced.