Michelle Obama's Constant Use of 2nd Jet Mystery Finally Solved: President Obama Doesn't Use Air Conditioning
November 22nd, 2011
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President Barack Obama's personal aide, gatekeeper and basketball sparring partner Reggie Love says that one of the coolest jobs in the world sometimes has its downside – no air conditioning.
Mr Love, who is Mr Obama's 'body man', a cross between a personal valet and constant companion, is due to step down later this year to attend business school.
In an interview due to be broadcast on ABC television, the 30-year-old said: "The thing that used to kill me is that the guy loves to ride around with the AC off in the summertime.
"And I get hot. I start sweating. And I'm like, it's 80 degrees in this car. I'm going to pass out."
Mr Obama, who is known to keep his Oval Office at temperatures reminiscent of his native Hawaii, was a senator when he first brought the towering six-foot-four former college basketball star into his orbit in 2006.
Mr Love is always with Mr Obama, in the White House, on his Marine One helicopter, as the president shakes hands on a ropeline at campaign events, or criss-crosses the globe aboard his Air Force One official aeroplane. He is often asked for a pen so the president can sign T-shirts and acts as his partner on the basketball court.
The two have flown 880,780 miles together since Mr Obama launched his historic 2008 run for the White House, according to researchers at ABC television.
US presidents are known to carry little if anything in their pockets, so Mr Love carries a bag with travel essentials: collar stays, stain remover, and dental products that Obama does not hesitate to use in front of him.
"If he had it his way, I think he'd floss in private," Mr Love said. "I think the fact that he was comfortable with me is probably a product of, you know, he's beaten down. I've been around for so long."
Last year, before he got his iPad, Mr Obama was asked by a New York Times reporter whether he had one of the wildly popular Apple devices and quipped: "I have an iReggie, who has my books, my newspapers, my music all in one place."
Mr Obama has been to 31 countries – a few more than once – and 40 of the 50 US states since his January 2009 inauguration, according to statistics kept by CBS News, with Mr Love a fixture at his side.
Mr Love said he was grateful to be a "very long passenger on an amazing ride" and that he will miss quiet moments with the president, including an evening ritual when Mr Obama checks in to say what the next day holds in store.
"I know definitely I'm going to miss that," Mr Love said. "He's been like big brother to me, a mentor. I've learned so much about life from him."
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