“The Obama gutsy call that wasn’t” story continues to unfold.
Reggie Love, who was until 2011 President Obama’s personal assistant, or “body man,” made a claim while answering questions at a public event that paints a different picture than the one the White House created. According to Love, Obama avoided the Situation Room during the Obama raid and instead spent a good deal of time playing cards with Love and two others:
Video with transcript of the relevant portion (which starts at the 6:15 mark):
“[We] sat around in the private dining room, kind of like—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.’ So, he, myself, Pete Souza the White House photographer and Marvin [Nicholson], we must have played 15 games of spades.”
Before the interview, Love was introduced as a man who “knows more about Barack Obama than just about anyone alive.” It’s possible Love knows more about Barack Obama than Barack Obama would like him to talk about.
National Review’s Jim Geraghty really would like somebody from the White House Press Corps to ask Jay Carney about Love’s claim:
This could be the answer to expect:
Ha! At least three.