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Power Forward: My Presidential Education

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  668 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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 mom ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Simon Schuster (first published January 6th 2015)
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J Beckett
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: Power Forward
225 pages
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
By Reggie Love

Political memoirs are not at the top of my literary must-read list, nor are they even at the bottom. The fact is, they aren't on the list at all. I've read several (a couple were memorable) and without fail, most left me emotionally arid, dry to my core, bored, filled with questions and weary from their tireless, one-dimensional commentary. I was often rendered, for reasons still difficult to explain, overcome with the
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George Briggs
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Basketball Connection

Duke University basketball captain and football player shared a love for basketball, and soon after became Senator Obama's personal assistant. Reggie Love pens a very insightful story of not only his personal growth, but also reveals the behind the scene experiences of a president who has already impacted America in many positive ways. Reggie Love lauds the intelligence, patience, and vision of his boss who from day 1 had to deal with negativity and obstruction from the othe
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Kevin C
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book, "Power Forward: My Presidential Education" by Reggie Love, has been on my household bookshelf for about six months, I have always been interested in the "Political Process" so I new this book would bring great insight to current and former trends in Washington D.C. After finishing the first chapter I knew this book was a perfect fit for my Sophomore Year Reading Challenge September Book.

Reggie Love was just your typical teenage boy, growing up in Charolette, North Carolina. Love atte
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Mike
This book was a quick memoir by Reggie Love that focused mostly on his time as Barack Obama's body man during the 2008 campaign. There are many asides to his youth, his time at Duke as a student and athlete, and working for then President Obama - but most of the story was campaign related.

Love basically uses his stories to convey short life lessons and philosophies to the reader. It is a simple book and a quick read but I enjoyed it - especially the parts about his interactions with Obama.
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Naeemah Huggins
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Reggie Love was President Obama's Personal Aide or bodyman from the time he announced his candidacy in 2007 to 3 years into his presidency. He talks of what he has learned through this unique and once in a lifetime experience and how he has personally changed and become a better man by it. President Obama comes off as the down to earth fatherly figure that we know and love, and I'm not sure if this was intentional but Reggie came off as a cocky self involved whiner. POTUS had to put up with some ...more
Alex Jones
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great read and I really enjoy the book. He mostly talk about his personal journey behind campaigns with senator Obama. He also talk about his personal growth and professional development as result of his association with Obama. I get close up look at evolving of Obama who eventually become the president.. Great insights and it help me a lot in term of perspective of what required to be a man and what required to success in America!
Scott Dieterle
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed hearing Reggie Love's story going from College athlete at Duke to working in then Senator Obama's office in DC. After getting his foot in the door, Reggie was witness to history. The book not only gives you a glimpse of the more personal side of President Obama, but Reggie's personal story is a great story of a young man maturing and gaining life experience in a way he never imagined for himself. ...more
Newt Taylor
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
There are plenty of heartfelt American success stories out there(Love’s boss being one of them). The uniqueness of this memoir is actually the inside story of a Presidential campaign, so Love missed a golden opportunity to create a 4 star book that hasn’t been told numerous times over. His saving grace is his humbleness(unlike the JD Vance’s of this genre). Throughout, Love acknowledges his good fortune, gives credit where credit is due, and never overestimates his writing skills. Reggie Love as ...more
Clint
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relatively brief book CD by former Duke University basketball player-turned-President Obama "body man" details what he calls his maturation as a close associate of the 44th president. The North-Carolina native Love intersperses his childhood and career at Duke with his association with Obama's first presidential campaign and then his three years with the president in the White House. Although his writing is a cliche-ridden puddle and his view of Obama is man to God and nowhere balanced, he never ...more
Amanda
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably 3.5 is a fair rating.
Really enjoyed the book, which was both a memoir of Love and his family and an account of his job as "body man" for President Obama. I loved hearing all the stories of how he messed up in front of one of the most powerful men in the world. It felt human and relatable. But the fun stories left the book thin on details of the job within the White House and that was what I most wanted. I still think the book is of great value, but don't expect a lot of insight into the
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Phil Lawless
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reggie Love was Barrack Obama's body man with the election campaign for a year and then in the White House for three years. Reggie played basketball at Duke and was on one of the championship teams in 2001, one of the reasons I bought the book. Reggie gives a very inside view of the campaign, the incredible amount of work required and how Obama responded to all the pressure.

It was a very engaging book. Reggie and Barack became very good friends. Reggie matured in his job and it shows in his own
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Emily
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Memoir by Reggie Love - assistant to Obama as he made the transition from senator to POTUS. Reggie is from Charlotte, went to Duke, and fell into a position with Obama as his porter, confidant, basketball opponent, and friend. I wished there was more about his time with Obama, most of the chapters talk about his time with Obama in relation to lessons he learned playing college football and basketball at Duke. The story was OK, but the writing was unimpressive.
Erin B SC
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book by Reggie Love, former Duke basketball walk on and “body man” to Barack Obama during his campaign and the first part of his presidency. Love reads the audiobook himself, and at just over 5 hours, it’s a quick listen. I found Love charming, humble, intelligent, and straightforward. It’s a memoir and a book of lessons. Some fascinating insider views of men Love considers great role models. Worth the listen!!
Robin
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say a solid 3.5 stars. There were some good things to take away from the book, and I appreciated it being read by the author. That added a lot of nuance to the stories that would have been missed if read by someone else.
Nkj Fletcher
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: obama
I essentially like this book for all the same reasons others gave four stars. It was a quick and easy read. I personally found several aspects of his youth relatable. Finally I really appreciated his unique insight into President Obama the person.
Katelyn
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Love's lessons learned in his life playing sports and working as a bodyman (personal assistant) to Senator Obama and President Obama. I wish there had been more insider stories, but the lessons learned were interesting too and powerful at times. ...more
Jeff
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've always admired Barack Obama, so it was fascinating to read Reggie Love's account of working close with the man. The only other thing I have to compare Barack and Reggie's relationship to is Martin Sheen (President Bartlett) and Dule Hill (Charlie Young) on The West Wing, a show I loved. Knowing Charlie's role in the White House made me see this book on the shelf and buy it.

I definitely see the comparisons to The West Wing. Reggie shares a lot of wisdom he received from working with the pres
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pati
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A perfect example of Bildungsroman; I enjoyed the narrative, a very quick read.
Mike Smith
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story of the start of the Obama presidency from his body man
Barima Peprah-Agyemang
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has taught me quite a few lessons on how to approach the world and what values are necessary in becoming a better professional and person!
Katie
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
2-3/4 stars. It was interesting to read the behind-the-scenes stories, but each chapter had a "moral of the story" and those were a bit too shallow. ...more
Gordon Kwok
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book and thoroughly enjoyable from one of President Obama's aides and gives an inside look of what it was like to serve President Obama from keeping him company to knowing what kind of snacks he likes. ...more
JHM
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.

And honestly – I loved this book!

Reggie Love tells his story not in linear fashion but in "lessons learned" chapters with titles like "Don't Get Too Comfortable on the Bench" and "You Can't Buy Momentum." Each chapter ends with him gaining new wisdom and maturity, but the focus is as much on his parents, coaches, and other mentors who have helped him – including Senator-turned-candidate-turn
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Larkin Tackett
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was an easy read with simple and purposeful writing. Love's autobiography is about family, politics, and sports, with underlying themes of race, effort, and character. Having spent a few years in politics and campaigns myself at the beginning of my own career, this is a coming-of-age story with which--despite Love's race and athletic prowess--I could identify. ...more
Makai Freeman
In the book Power Forward: My Presidential by Reggie love was a very good book to read because of what you learn from it. Reggie Love had done a lot when he was going to college and from going to college.He was a big that liked to do more than one sport at school. To me the sports that he was doing at the time are the sports that work you out the most. As he chose to go to Duke University and play football at one time and then played basketball when the season came around.

I would recommend this
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Brad Revell
Many years ago I had a dream job of being the President of the United States of America's (POTUS) body man. Essentially this is the role where you would be at the President's side for the majority of the day (think at least 4 years here) handling many different situations such as logistics, people's names, carrying luggage, appointments, liaising with the secret service, making sure POTUS has clothes and gets fed on the road etc. Although not the most visible and glamorous roles that one could d ...more
Denny
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Reggie Love was President Obama's bodyman during the 2008 campaign and after Obama entered office, which means he was responsible for handling the candidate-then-president's meals, wardrobe, wake-ups, workouts, phone calls, and all kinds of other minute details. So Love has probably seen and heard some really fascinating and crazy things in his time at the president's right arm. Unfortunately, it seems like Love is holding most of those stories close to his vest for now, and what we get are a co ...more
Quinn Mickens
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting, insightful, and motivational. Reggie Love was a Duke University basketball player in 2001 when they won the National Championship. He then went to Washington to join the staff of at the time Junior Senator Barack Obama. Love would go on to work for Obama for his entire first presidential campaign and first term in office. Love served Obama as his body man. This was a position that required Love to always be at Obama's side and sometimes ...more
John Schumacher
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book is something I was all about. A former Duke basketball player turned Washington intern gets the opportunity of a lifetime by becoming President Obama's bodyman. Wow. The amount of things this guy has seen, heard, and done... I can't imagine. Still. After reading this book. I still can't imagine, because I didn't get much.

I wanted to juice. I wanted to know things about President Obama that few people do. What I read was a very surface-level tale of Love's journey and int
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M. J.
I decided to read that book of President Obama’s personal assistant because I understood he was not a Washington insider, he held no aspirations to be in politics and he was by happenstance, present to one of the greatest moments in history the world has ever seen.

This novel provided an honest critique of the author's life and experiences, as a baseball and football player, college scholarship awardee to Duke University and personal assistant to Senator Barack Obama and later President Obama. T
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Reginald L. Love served as the special assistant and personal aide, commonly referred to as body man, to United States President Barack Obama. Love left this position at the end of 2011, to complete his Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. ...more

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