Obama’s “Body Man” and personal aid, Reggie Love, claimed that Obama was playing cards with him during the bin Laden raid.
He made this bold claim during a forum in Los Angeles during May 2011. Love was invited to the forum to speak about his experiences as Obama’s aid.
“We must have played 15 rounds,” said Love.
His statement comes as a shock to many.
Obama has always maintained that he watched the raid in the Situation Room in real time. There is a photo that appears to be Obama with his national security team watching the raid. The president said, “This was the longest 40 minutes of my life,” speaking of the Navy SEALs’ efforts after entering bin Laden’s compound.
But Love tells a different story. He said, “Most people were like down in the Situation Room and President Obama was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing.'”
It is unclear which parts of the Situation Room activities Obama skipped out on.
32-year-old Love was Obama’s longtime assistant and close friend. While he was on the campaign trail in 2008, he said, “If we’re not at a campaign event, no politics talk.”
Love left the White House in 2011 to complete his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania.