Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Celebrity boyfriend: tall man with Tide pen

I have not written too much about my celebrity boyfriends here. Of course, I mainly want to maintain my squeaky clean image so that when the letter from Queen Elizabeth arrives with an offer of an arranged marriage to one of her grandsons I am ready. There is that. But there is also that I don't have strong feelings about my celebrity boyfriends. I often forget who they are, or if I am asked about them I have to think for a minute (is it Kevin Spacey? Is he my favorite? I know there was another one...). And once I do remember, my mind usually wanders quickly. I usually hear that the ones I like are short, anyway. Which is FINE, but I'm tall so the fantasy record usually comes to a screeching halt. Jeff Goldblum is tall, so he's on the list when I remember him. But I digress. (See? I can't even focus long enough to explain how I can't focus.)

There is also that my eye tends toward the folks in the background. The bass player (I married one of those). The accompanist. The roadie. You know. The wind beneath the wings types. Flyyyyyyyyyy, flyyyyyy, so hiiiiiiigh against the skyyyy, so high I almost reach the sky, thank you, thank God for you blah blah.

I am happy to see that Ashley Parker of the New York Times may be with me on this. Because look who she (he?) did a story on, prompting me to break my silence and claim a new celebrity boyfriend: Barack Obama's "body man," Reggie Love. Sorry, Your Majesty, but look!


Reggie does everything for Senator Obama. He "Takes. Care. Of. Stuff." He plays basketball with him, brings him cheeseburgers, anticipates needs. According to my new friend Ashley Parker (or should I say new rival for Reggie's affections):

"Young, eager campaign aides are stock characters in movies and on television, but few have quite the élan of Mr. Love, who, at 6-foot-5, is about three inches taller than the tall candidate, fitter than the fit candidate (he can bench press more than 350 pounds) and cooler than the cool candidate.

“There’s no doubt that Reggie is cooler than I am,” Mr. Obama said, laughing, in a phone interview. “I am living vicariously through Reggie.”

(élan, by the way, is "vigorous spirit or enthusiasm." I just looked it up.)

Ashley Parker continues:

When Mr. Obama dropped food on his tie while eating in the car between stops, Mr. Love was ready with a Tide pen. He always carries one, along with ballpoint pens, and has turned himself into a walking dispensary of Sharpies, stationery, protein bars, throat lozenges, water, tea, Advil, Tylenol, Purell and emergency Nicorette, not to mention his ever-present iPhone, BlackBerry and Canon Rebel XT digital camera. (Mr. Love keeps a photo journal of the campaign, and has more than 10,000 pictures so far.)

(Yes, Nicorette. My hopes for America's salvation lie with a smoker, yall. Don't worry--Michelle is on it.)


I didn't even notice him as a Duke athlete. Not that I am an avid fan of Duke athletics, but as a UNC alum I have some sort of passing interest. But now that he is the wind beneath the wings of you know who, he shines to folks like Ashley and me (and Bette Midler, I dare say, especially if Reggie was her wing man--it must have been cold there in my shadow, indeed.)

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25 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Great boyfriend pick.

ellen said...

I love that last picture of him!
Well, I'm way too old for him, but perhaps he could use a cool grandma. One can only hope...you know, hope has wings and all.

Mrs. G. said...

Yes, he is one tall drink of water.

Maggie, Dammit said...

Oh, man. I thought Obama was my one true love for evuh and evuh but now I'm feeling strange inside. Torn. Drifting....

Stacy (Mama-Om) said...

Hey Nora,
Thanks for coming by my blog! I just read through a bunch of your blog and was cracking up.

I love the celebrity sighting pics!

See you around---

JCK said...

Great post. Great boyfriend. That smile. Indeed.

Jennifer said...

He's built like that, has a smile like that AND carries a Tide pen...be still my beating heart. Mind if I steal your celeb boyfriend?!!

that chick said...

you're getting a whole lot more competition for reggie because of this post. i just sent it to my girlfriends so we can all plot how to waylay him.

Minnesota Matron said...

I learned something -- two things, actually. I had a slightly different understanding of elan (can't get that accent in here. . . ) and never know about Reggie's existence! Fun!

Melissa said...

He's a good looking guy, but the most appealing thing to me would be that he has his act together!

JCK said...

P.S. I've been thinking about HIS pocketful of sharpies and Tide pen ALL DAY!

hippyhappyhay said...

ooooo, I was already to mud wrestle you for him, until you said Canon Rebel. A Canon boy. *sigh*
Though, maybe I could convert him?

Vanessa said...

This Mr Love is incredible!

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Dang. Just when I was getting the boyfriend list pared down.

HRH said...

He sounds like he would make a great wife...

I need a wife like that--keep me organized, take care of the scrapbooking, etc.

Family Adventure said...

Hot damn! Good choice.

Heidi

Janet said...

Wonder if they ever call Reggie "Buddy"...hehehe :-)

BOSSY said...

Mmmm, Reggie. Bossy and Barack O'Boyfriend want to be invited to your wedding.

Melanie said...

I need my own Reggie Love, and I want him to fetch lattes and carry around my extra camera lenses plus a constant supply of diapers, wipes, and juice boxes.

I could totally run for office or write a book or save the world if I had my own Reggie.

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~~louise~~ said...

Hi Norah,
Thanks so much for visiting my other blog. Your link fit quite nicely in my Inaugural post. Here's the link.

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