Washington (CNN) – Sometimes seen but rarely heard, President Obama’s personal aide Reggie Love came out of his shell in an interview that aired Thursday night on WRC-TV in Washington.
A member of the 2001 NCAA champion Duke basketball team, Love is known to play ball quite often with Obama.
In fact, Love told WRC sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak the game was a component of their 2008 campaign strategy. After the then-Senator Obama played basketball before winning the Iowa caucuses but lost the New Hampshire primary when he didn’t, basketball became part of a campaign checklist, Love said.
“Obviously, I think, basketball wasn’t responsible for the outcome. It did give you some peace of mind like: ‘Not only did you make all the phone calls you were supposed to make but did you raise as much money as you could raise? Did you run the right advertisements? Did you also play basketball?’” Love said.
Now working for Obama in the White House, Love said despite the games, the president expects a lot from his personal aide.
“You are like a representative of me. I’m working very hard all the time. You need to make sure you’re working as hard as I am,” Love recounted the President as telling him.