politics | February 04, 2015

First Look: Power Forward, the New Book by Former Obama Aide Reggie Love

Reggie Love's new memoir, Power Forward: My Presidential Education, takes a close look at his experience as President Barack Obama's personal aide. What is it really like to spend 18 hours a day with the President? How did Love help make the President "hip?" And what did Hillary Clinton and President Obama say to each in a heated conversation during the 2007 Democratic race for the presidential nomination? Love shares his journey from basketball star to Presidential "body man" in his "charming and memorable" (Washington Post) book, which he spoke about earlier this week on Good Morning America. A sought-after speaker, he distills lessons from his time at the White House into humble and inspiring talks on leadership.

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Reggie Love is a unique witness to history, whose introduction to Washington was working in Junior Senator Barack Obama’s mailroom. As “body man” to Obama during his first presidential campaign, Love’s job was to stay one step behind the candidate, but think and act three steps ahead during a typical eighteen-hour workday. As President Obama’s personal aide during that momentous first term, Love sat yards from the Oval Office and often spent more time with the President than anyone else. While his experiences were unique, the lessons he learned during his tenure with the President are universal. Persistence. Responsibility. Passion for a cause greater than yourself. In short, maturity.

Love has been singularly lucky in his mentors. At Duke University, where he was a walk-on and a captain of its fabled basketball team, Love learned from Coach Krzyzewski that sports builds character—from President Obama, Love learned that how you conduct your life defines your character.

Accountability and serving with honor were learned during unsought moments: co-coaching with Malia Obama’s and Sasha Obama’s basketball team with the President; lending Obama his tie ahead of a presidential debate; managing a personal life when no hour is truly your own. From his first interview with Senator Obama, to his near-decision not to follow the President-elect to the White House, Love drew on Coach K’s teachings as he learned to navigate Washington. But it was while owning up to (temporarily) losing the President’s briefcase, playing pick-up games in New Hampshire to secure votes, babysitting the children of visiting heads of state, and keeping the President company at every major turning point of his historic first campaign and administration, that Love learned how persistence and passion can lead not only to success, but to a broader concept of adulthood. Power Foward is a professional coming of age story like no other.

In his talks, Love shares leadership lessons from his time in the White House. To book Reggie Love as a speaker for your next event, contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.

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