Joshua Pundit: Reggie Love, the president’s former ‘body man’, AKA his personal assistant, valet and court jester reveals a little something about the president’s bold, hands on leadership.
Updated With Video: Reggie Love Talks Decision Making in the Oval Office HD)
Originally Published on Aug 13, 2013: Artists & Athletes hosted a private briefing on decision making in the Oval Office with Reggie Love, former special assistant to the President of the United States. Mr. Love is interviewed by Jim Newton, Senior Fellow of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and Editor at Large at the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California | July 2013
Among other tidbits, starting at 6:20 Love reveals he and President Obama played cards during the Osama bin Laden raid.
“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," said Love at a public event.
Yes, that was one gutsy call… East bids 4!
Also enjoyable is the way Love talks about how President Obama ‘finally found his birth certificate’.
A YouTube video featuring an interview with former Obama bodyman Reggie Love was removed after his comments surfaced in news reports highlighting some private details from President Obama’s life in the White House.
The video, posted by the Artists and Athletes Alliance YouTube account, featured a July 18 interview with Love and Jim Newton, the editor-at-large of the Los Angeles Times, during a lunch hosted by the Alliance with UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.
A promotional still in the video describes the session as “a private briefing on decision making in the Oval Office with Reggie Love”
The video only shows highlights from the interview, as Love talked about daily life with the president, including the historic day when Osama bin Laden was killed.
While advisers huddled in the situation room, Love revealed that he and Obama played cards during part of the day.
Love also joked about the day that Obama “finally found his birth certificate.”
“I remember when he finally found his birth certificate,” he said with a grin.
“It took a little too long, by the way,” Newton added, prompting laughter from the crowd.
“You know, your parents don’t live together you travel all over the world, documents get lost there,” Love continued.
Love revealed that Obama just wanted to walk into the press briefing room in the White House and put the birth certificate on the podium, but his staff disagreed.
“Everyone was like ‘That’s a really bad idea’,” Love said. “But he was very gung-ho about doing it, because he was so irritated about it.”
Love also revealed details of Obama’s phone call with President George W. Bush about passing the Wall Street bailout and conversations with the president on the campaign trail.
“We came up with a sort of like – no MSNBC, no CNN – only sports,” Love explained. “If we’re not at a campaign event, no politics.”
The video was deleted from the Artists and Athletes Alliance YouTube account shortly after a report about Love’s comments was linked on the Drudge Report.
Although the Artists and Athletes Alliance has deleted the video, several copies still exist on YouTube – including this one.
After this video was linked to Drudge and went viral with endless negative comments, MSNBC, CNN and other Obama controlled networks jumped to the president’s defense saying after all the President has so much pressure and need a break…
Really? Seems it is this president who needs all the breaks. I didn’t ever hear or see John F. Kennedy playing cards during the Bay of Pigs or any other former presidents during times of crisis from what I’ve ever heard?!?
Seems the questions that many asked about the photo released of the situation room during the Bin Laden raid and killing was edited or staged a lot more that we even suspected. Even hideous Hillary at least looked concerned!
Unbelievable. The ugly just gets uglier…