Jokes and playful manly interactions are sincere, but it is clear, according to Love's commentary, that everyone knew Obama was the Alpha.
There is so much remaining to comment upon, but the methods used in the writing of this book does not permit for much to be said without treading upon that forbidden zone of spoiling the story further.
At times, I saw many of the same themes mentioned by President Obama in his book Audacity To Hope.
Impressively, he was able to effectively capture the feelings, magic and mayhem of campaigning [upon these American trails] as an African American with no initial national clout and then, almost magically, granted the very high and likely possibility of being victorious and becoming a historical "first". Certainly he could have exposed some sort of muck that makes a writer's career, especially considering the position he was in, but opted to show that his respect superseded that quest for notoriety and temporary exposure.
The stories are relatively light and kind, bonding and special, reminiscent more of big brother / little brother or father and son than employer/employee.
Undoubtedly, Love knew then, although he opted, it seems, to act aloof throughout the book, that he was a pretty damn lucky guy.
For most of the memoir, Love quietly references possible careers in basketball, football or corporate America (going as far as try-outs and practices), but seems to put his position as "body man" to a politician--a political icon-- on the cusp of significant governmental tremble, in the same category as boy scout or "oops" man.
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. 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.As President Obama's personal aide during that mom Reggie Love is a unique witness to history, whose introduction to Washington was working in Junior Senator Barack Obama's mailroom. 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.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. 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.These memories, while expressive, never reflected the life with which I am familiar, so the highly beloved memoir is usually not a viable contender on the list of my next great read.Surprisingly, I found, purely through curiosity, an inspiring book based on political reflection that had me more entertained than I would have ever imagined.Basketball Connection Duke University basketball captain and football player shared a love for basketball, and soon after became Senator Obama's personal assistant.