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YouTube video of Reggie Love interview deleted after comments hit Drudge

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A YouTube video featuring an interview with former Obama bodyman Reggie Love was removed after his comments surfaced in news reports highlighting some private details from President Obama’s life in the White House.

The video, posted by the Artists and Athletes Alliance YouTube account, featured a July 18 interview with Love and Jim Newton, the editor-at-large of the Los Angeles Times, during a lunch hosted by the Alliance with UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

A promotional still in the video describes the session as “a private briefing on decision making in the Oval Office with Reggie Love”

The video only shows highlights from the interview, as Love talked about daily life with the president, including the historic day when Osama bin Laden was killed.

While advisers huddled in the situation room, Love revealed that he and Obama played cards during part of the day.

“[President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not, I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing’,” Love said. “We must have played 15 hands-15 games of Spades.”

Love also joked about the day that Obama “finally found his birth certificate.”

“I remember when he finally found his birth certificate,” he said with a grin.

“It took a little too long, by the way,” Newton added, prompting laughter from the crowd.

“You know, your parents don’t live together you travel all over the world, documents get lost there,” Love continued.

Love revealed that Obama just wanted to walk into the press briefing room in the White House and put the birth certificate on the podium, but his staff disagreed.

“Everyone was like ‘That’s a really bad idea’,” Love said. “But he was very gung-ho about doing it, because he was so irritated about it.”

Love also revealed details of Obama's phone call with President George W. Bush about passing the Wall Street bailout and conversations with the president on the campaign trail.

“We came up with a sort of like – no MSNBC, no CNN – only sports,” Love explained. “If we’re not at a campaign event, no politics.”

The video was deleted from the Artists and Athletes Alliance YouTube account shortly after a report about Love’s comments was linked on the Drudge Report.

Although the Artists and Athletes Alliance has deleted the video, several copies still exist on YouTube – including this one.

 

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