I don’t know if there is any connection. But, first we learn that Obama loses his longtime “body man” and apparently soul-mate Reggie Love (just about the time the whole Herman Cain sex scandals began). About that same time, rumors fly that Michelle had (is having) an affair with a Secret Service Agent and then Michelle flies off early (sans hubby) to Hawaii for a very long and expensive vacation.
This story from the New York Times yesterday (hat tip: Drudge) got me thinking about all this again—Obama misses Love is how the story begins, then launches into complaints that Obama doesn’t like to schmooze with fellow politicians. Do you get a sense that the mainstream media is dancing around something….
WASHINGTON — Air Force One had just landed in Manchester, N.H., on a brisk Tuesday morning last month when President Obama made an admission to Valerie B. Jarrett, his close friend and senior adviser.
“I just called Reggie,” Mr. Obama said. It was his first domestic trip without Reggie Love, the former Duke University basketball player who had been his constant companion and presidential “body man” until he left in November to study for his M.B.A. full time. “I miss him,” the president confessed.
Obama in the bunker with a shrinking inner circle
More noteworthy than Mr. Obama’s spending the short flight calling his longtime aide is what he did not do: schmooze with Washington politicians. No one from the New Hampshire Congressional delegation traveled with Mr. Obama on the plane, a perk that presidents often offer to lawmakers to foster good will.
Mr. Obama, in general, does not go out of his way to play the glad-handing, ego-stroking presidential role. While he does sometimes offer a ride on Air Force One to a senator or member of Congress, more often than not, he keeps Congress and official Washington at arm’s length, spending his down time with a small — and shrinking — inner circle of aides and old friends.
Clintonistas lurking? Did Carville plant this story?
“This is not a Lincoln bedroom guy,” said James Carville, the Democratic strategist, referring to the guest bedroom at the White House where President Bill Clinton put up supporters and donors. “In fact, he’s the anti-Lincoln bedroom guy. He doesn’t seem to relish, or even like, having politicians around.”
To many in Washington — including those, of course, who crave presidential face time — Mr. Obama’s seeming aloofness is risky. He is the nation’s politician in chief, and the presidency has always been first and foremost about politics.
Remember that Chris Matthews had a similar complaint back in November (follow links at this post).
There is more, read on. Then near the end we learn that Obama has a new body man to carry his dental floss and stain remover.
With Mr. Love’s departure, Mr. Obama’s new body man is Marvin Nicholson, a former bartender and golf caddy who served as Mr. Obama’s trip director and regularly accompanied him to Andrews Air Force Base for rounds of golf.
So Mr. Nicholson is already well versed in how his boss spends his free time. Said Mr. Love, who has probably spent more time with Mr. Obama in recent years than anyone other than the first lady: “The president would prefer to watch the Bears, White Sox or Bulls, or any sports matchup, instead of watching MSNBC or watching 13 Republican presidential debates.” [From some earlier reports on Love and Obama, it sure sounded like Reggie might have spent more hours with Obama than the first lady over the last couple of years—ed]
The multi-million dollar vacation issue has been beaten like a dead horse, but I gotta say, in these economic times what would have been wrong with a week at Camp David or even at their HOME in Chicago. Didn’t most Presidents go HOME at the Christmas break (well, except maybe the Clintons who did not have a home until Hillary picked a home in New York for her Senate run)? Here is one of many discussions about the cost of the vacation.
The Sundress kerfuffle!
It sure sounded like it was Michelle who wanted the trip worthy of a one-percenter and couldn’t wait to get to Hawaii to show off her new sundresses (here a blogger—Naked DC—makes Drudge with a report on Michelle’s $2000 sun dress…not good optics). More on the sundress “uproar” at American Thinker here, yesterday.
Happy New Year America!