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Reggie Love Stars in Obama Campaign Web Ad for African-Americans

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Former White House aide and Duke Blue Devils forward Reggie Love stars in a new Obama campaign video aimed at courting the president’s African-American supporters.

“Since 2006, I’ve spent a lot of time with our president,” says Love, who left the administration last year to attend business school.  “I got to work in the West Wing, I traveled to 33 countries, I’ve done everything from tracking down newspapers, figuring out what he wants to eat, who he’s going to eat with, and played endless amounts of basketball games.”

“The president has always had our back,” he adds, encouraging viewers to join African-Americans for Obama, a group the campaign launched last month.  “Say you’re with him.  I’d appreciate it and I know he would too.”

Love’s appeal comes as part of Obama’s effort to mobilize a key constituency for what will be a demanding general election battle headed into November.

While the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found Obama’s approval rating among blacks stands at 91 percent, frustration in the community over lingering economic woes has dampened enthusiasm and raised questions about whether turnout will be as robust as it was four years ago.

Obama won 96 percent of the black vote in 2008.  Black voters are seen as playing a particularly important role for Obama in 2012 battleground states such as Virginia and North Carolina.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Obama Aide Reggie Love to Leave White House

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- The man by Barack Obama’s side since even before the early days of Iowa is leaving.

Reggie Love, 30, a 6’5″ former forward for the 2001 NCAA championship-winning Duke Blue Devils basketball team and President Obama’s omnipresent personal aide, is departing the White House in the next few weeks, sources told ABC News.

A former wide receiver for the Duke football team, he tried out for several NFL teams, but those dreams didn’t come to fruition.

Love applied for an internship in Sen. Barack Obama’s Senate office. He eventually worked his way to the senator’s side, and they bonded over sports and began a superstitious ritual of playing basketball on primary and caucus days, developing a sibling-like relationship, with the president likening him to a “little brother.”

Love has helped the president in a myriad of ways, steering him through crowds, and holding on to anything he needs.

“I have an iReggie, who has my books, my newspapers, my music all in one place,” the president has joked.

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