Skip to comments.Meet Obama's bodyman: The White House 'Chief of Stuff' who caters to the President's every whim
Posted on 01/25/2009 10:37:02 PM PST by yankeedame
...a tiny cubicle just outside...the Oval Office sat Reggie Love, a 6ft 5in, 18-stone, shaven-headed, muscle-packed...
...the man is fast, athletic and tough... he is not one of the new Presidents official bodyguards.
Heavy duty: Reggie Love, President Obama's bodyman, lugs bags to a car
and, right, on the campaign trail
...Reggie, a charismatic and immaculately dressed 26-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, spends more time with Mr Obama than anyone else - even the First Lady...he is the Presidents bodyman....
The personal protection role has long been assumed by the highly-trained bodyguards of the Secret Service but...
...remained a little-known political tradition until the inner workings of the White House were dramatised in the TV drama The West Wing...
Obama and Reggie with another aide in the campaign aircraft
...It is Reggie who holds Mr Obamas BlackBerry, dials the numbers on his mobile phone, briefs the White House chef on what the President would like for lunch ...Until Reggie Love, bodymen tended to be regarded as glorified butlers...
But Mr Obama promises to be a different kind of President - with a different kind of bodyman.
Reggie, who even the notably cool Mr Obama acknowledges is super-cool, has a suitably pithy phrase for his role. He is the "White House Chief of Stuff."
Brotherly love: Reggie sticks close to Obama as they take to the streets
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Apparently he doesn’t trust whitey to protect him.
Mr.T is still the toughest. Right on.
They make a great couple.
This is a joke right?
Old White House: secure communications, President can't have personal e-mail.
BO: "I want my BlackBerry."
Old White House: professional kitchen staff prepares delicious meals.
BO: "I'm bringing my own personal chef."
Old White House: President settles in and works with members of Congress over legislation that will be signed into law.
BO: "I'll sign as many Executive Orders as I can as fast as I can."
Old White House: Secret Service protection for the President.
BO: "I have my own personal 'bodyman.'"
What this all tells me is that BO doesn't feel his occupation of the White House is legitimate and therefore he has to protect himself with all these other layers that bypass the regular and accountable processes.
i don’t think its a joke and I bet there has been some back room discussions about “the line of fire” if such an attempt was to happen by the Secret Service.
This is Obamas wine taster as he does not trust anything of the government and probably is cursing every minute of the day the hovering presence of the SS.
And this president knows about secret mikes, he must have someone to get his briefings from his handlers.
I shudder to think of Obama at Camp David.
Looks suspicious to me....He’s in charge of the blackberry....and does what the SS will not do.....like?
Wow! Just what everyone hopes for in life.
A guy with a degree from a great university to have our toilet paper out and ready before we even know we have to go.
Surrogate Franklin Marshall Davis.
“White male construction workers need not apply for any jobs.”
Seems like a real African-AMERICAN like Gov. David Paterson has transcended race and is blind and color blind. I sure wish Paterson was POTUS versus the half white Kenyan born illegal alien race huckster.
i find the blackberry think interesting. since all WH comms are restricted perhaps this is a way ole barry gets around the email and IT restrictions, kind of like, no i dont have a blackberry but i know a man who does.
also what is stunning is here is a man telling everyone the 11 scariest words in the english language (hi, im from the govt and i am here to help.)* yet he doesnt trust it himself...
i guess its a case of do as i say not as i do.
* quote courtesy of ronald reagan
I believe the reporter screwed things up - as usual. I’m pretty sure this guy is NOT a bodyguard. By “bodyman” they mean the person that carries all the “stuff” for the president, gets him things, etc. (I don’t think he is the person telling him “and your meeting with his Holiness (that should be interesting!) is at 2:30 pm).
He IS a glorified butler, and all the presidents have had one. (Now I’m going to try to find the thread with a photo of former President Bush’s).
I agree. The Executive branch has been compromised. We’re in the beginning stages of a dictatorship. Problem is who runs Obama?
Hmmm. I wonder if the press will make fun Barry if he ever chokes on a peanut.
"He always has a pack of the Presidents favourite chewing gum - Dentyne Ice - and dispenses nicotine gum. (Mr Obama is a secret smoker with a penchant for Marlboro cigarettes but promised Michelle he would quit if he ran for the White House.) "
In other words, he's Barry's "Boy."
Marvin Nicholson has been indispensable to Sen. John Kerry, serving as the candidate's personal aide, or “body man” as the campaign calls him, since he decided to run for president in 2002.
“My business card reads: ‘Marvin Nicholson, Chief of Stuff,’ “ he said. “I make sure he's got everything from his briefing books to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”
The two met while Nicholson was working at a Massachusetts windsurfing gear shop. Over time, he became Kerry's golf caddie, then his driver and later his personal aide. Nicholson, 32, may be the only man on the campaign taller than the candidate.
He always has to be one step ahead of Kerry, ready with a pen when it's autograph time.
“My arsenal of pens,” Nicholson said, showing his fully stocked inside pocket jacket. “I like to be prepared for every possible signature scenario. Our mainstay would have to be the Sharpie.”
Bush's Body Man
Blake Gottesman has served as George W. Bush's “body man” since 2000. On the trail, he's known as the “two-minute man.” When Blake puts a speech on the podium, it's a sign that the president is about to arrive.
An interview with Gottesman was denied by the Bush campaign.
The personal aide is the keeper of the schedule. He tells the candidate when it's time to move on.
Tim McBride was a personal aide to the former President Bush.
“We developed over time a little schtick for breaking up meetings that were going too long,” said McBride. “It often involved a raised eyebrow or a cough, but the secret weapon was to walk in and say, ‘Mr. President, the Secret Service has blocked the street. The motorcade is waiting to go,’ and that would usually evoke a reaction, ‘We've got to go.’ “
Clinton's Body Man
Kris Engskov was President Clinton's “body man” for three years.
“The way I describe it to people was: no life, no dates, no sleep and no money,” he said. “They trust you; they expect you to be there for them at all times. At the end of the day, you're the only person who may not have an agenda other than to take care of them. Toward the end of our time, I feel like we were like an old married couple. We could go though an entire day and not say two words to each other and anticipate every other move.”
It is the psychological support that may be most important.
“At the end of the night, we'll be in the room, we'll maybe rent a movie, have a burger and have a beer,” said Nicholson. “The way that the schedule is now, [Kerry's] day is so jam-packed with event after event after press, that it's time for him to forget about all that stuff, and we just hang out.”
“......and immaculately dressed.....”
Is he clean like Biden wants?
If he’s such a smart dresser, then why didn’t he shine his shoes?
That’s his hanky panky guy for late night trysts in the oval office.
It also tells me he wants some of his dealings to be very private. He cannot be trusted and I can’t stress how strongly I feel about that. He can earn my trust and respect but he is off to a piss poor start.
I agree. The Executive branch has been compromised. Were in the beginning stages of a dictatorship. Problem is who runs Obama?
Start with Soros and the list is endless.
Re: what they call him (Love) -
“bodymen tended to be regarded as glorified butlers...”
Glorified butler my eye!
He’s more like a modern day slave to “O” - who is his master! Love comes on call!
Pinging, just because.
Obama’s boy toy.
The new “Larry Sinclair.”
He has a personal chef? Did someone in the WH lose a job for the personal chef or are we paying another salary?
Somehow, my quote about the Prez-to-be’s beautiful girlfriends didn’t appear.
Read the damn article people! This is a tradition for presidents since Washington.
I somehow do not think this long nice article with bring a smile to the Rahm. I had the impression until reading this that Rahm was in charge.
The rumnors on this guy are endless, everything from confidant to homo lover, we mnay never know the reat truth.
I thought it was going to be an article about McCain.
You are right with the rumors, we can’t even find out who B. Hussein O. is.
On the trail, one aide looms over Obama
On the Campaign Trail with Reggie Love
Obamas body man on his game
Ex-Duke athlete and good people person Reggie Love helps keep senatorfit, fed and hydrated on trail
Then, rather than accepting a lucrative offer from Goldman Sachs, he took a gamble and elected to take a job paying under $30,000 per year in the mailroom of freshman Senator Barack Obama.
A year later, Obama selected Love as his personal aide. Saying that Love is like a little brother to me, Obama and Love were rarely apart during the 21-month campaign that ended with Obama being elected President of the United States.
I’ll try to find the link to the article that said he was bringing his own personal chef to the White House.
He makes blackberry pies?
Think I throw one in the oven myself...
Nadhmi Auchi. Born in 1937. He is an Iraqi born British-resident and Britain's 22nd wealthiest individual.
Nadhmi Auchi co-conspired with fellow Baathist Saddam Hussein in 1959 to assassinate then Prime Minister Abd al-Karim Qasim. Rezko and Obama are both financially connected to him.
MSNBC reports that Nadhmi Auchi had helped Orascom (which owns Djezzy GSM), owned by Onsi Sawiris, gain a contract to set-up mobile phone networks in post-Saddam's Iraq.
As per Orascom's annual report, page 65, Huawei Technologies is listed as a subsidiary of Orascom.
NATO code-named Huawei network's Tiger Song.
The Huawei network was used to shoot down allied aircraft flying patrol over the Iraqi skies.
The network was installed in violation of an U.N. embargo. Worse still, the air defense network was paid for by the corrupt oil-for-food program which sent cash to Huawei that was intended to feed starving Iraqi children.
So why would Barack Hussein Obama know anything about a "Tiger Song"?
The Times Online UK reported in February 2008:
Court papers describe Mr Rezko as a close friend of Mr Auchi, although Mr Auchi disputes this. The two are involved in a large Chicago land development together. But it is unclear how long the two men have known each other or whether they were linked before the 2003 Iraq war. Neither side would discuss their relationship.
The Times has, however, discovered state documents in Illinois recording that Fintrade Services, a Panamanian company, lent money to Mr Obamas fundraiser in May 2005.
Fintrades directors include Ibtisam Auchi, the name of Mr Auchis wife.
Mark Ndesandjo is the son of Barack Obamas late father and his third wife. He has/runs/works with an internet-based company, Worldnexus Ltd. It has provided corporate communications and website design to Chinese firms seeking customers in English-speaking markets, of which the United States is the biggest.
There is a little bit of a 'plant site' up now called worldnexus.info. But, back in the day, the actually website, rather a whole web community, was world-nexus.com. World-nexus.com even use to point to worldnexus.info (share an address).
The main site is down now, still in net archives; but it wasn't just a site, it was a portal to an underground tunnel (in not tech speak) of an entire extranet community. This was the pit for the net denizens, hackers, the people that really owned net traffick. From this portal/main splash, you could find your way through to anything from free source codes for site building to hard core porn, called porn-nexus. Everything was out in the open. You could pick up tools to spy on your kids computer activities, you could spy on other countries.
Orascom funded them. They called it funding for 'English Language Net tools' or something. It was for building English Language spy sites, like WebOffice and Electionmall, just as an example. They are the ones that made all the pretty little gadgets and gizmos that go on websites in point and click fashion that inserted Browser Cams and backdoors into websites.
Huawei, which has been named a security threat by CFIUS, NATO, Rand, et al, stole the line access codes and copied their own brand of nice, cheap CISCO routers.
They have been releasd globally. They are called CISCO Nexus or 3Com-Huawei-H3C Nexus.
Bodyguards do not dial phones. A Bodyman is a butler. A lot of rappers and athletes like to be seen with them because their use denotes wealth and power.
There are two things here that you’re missing: First of all, as far as I was aware, Presidents weren’t restricted from actually having personal email, there were just so many rules and regulations about disclosure of the contents of a personal email account that until now, they decided it just wasn’t worth the hassle. Second of all, Obama still has Secret Service protection, and most every President has had a ‘bodyman’, it’s just not something that registered in the public eye.
In any case, the whole executive orders thing still bothers me...
He has no earpiece I can see. He doesn’t count as protection. He’s a personal assistant. Obama’s ego is too big to be carried alone.