Body man

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Reggie Love, left, Barack Obama's body man from 2009 to 2011, is seen here in a presidential motorcade outside Strasbourg for the NATO Summit, April 2009

A body man or body woman is, in U.S. political jargon, a civilian personal assistant who accompanies a politician (or candidate) virtually everywhere, often arranging and providing lodging, transportation, interactions with media, public, and family, meals, personal briefings and briefing papers, logistical instructions, speech cards, snacks, cell phones, and any other necessary assistance. [1] [2]

List of body men/women[edit]

President Richard Nixon[edit]

  • Stephen Bull [3]

President Gerald Ford[edit]

  • Terrence O’Donnell [4]
  • Gregory Willard [5]

President Jimmy Carter[edit]

  • Timothy Kraft [6]
  • Phil Wise [7]

President Ronald Reagan[edit]

  • David Fischer [8]
  • Jim Kuhn [9]

President George H. W. Bush[edit]

  • Timothy McBride [10]
  • Michal Dannenhauer [11]
  • David Bates [12]
  • Tom Frechette [11]

President Bill Clinton[edit]

President Bill Clinton in January 1995 at the Conference on Trade Investment in Central & Eastern Europe with Presidential Aide Elliott Frutkin who is acting as the President's "body man" and screening the line approaching the President.

President George W. Bush[edit]

President Barack Obama[edit]

President Donald Trump[edit]


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Wilgoren, Jodi (April 28, 2004). "Part Butler and Part Buddy, Aide Keeps Kerry Running" – via
  3. ^ "Stephen B. Bull (White House Special Files: Staff Member and Office Files) | Richard Nixon Museum and Library".
  4. ^ "Terrence O'Donnell Files".
  5. ^ "Greg Willard". May 30, 2013.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Phil Wise".
  8. ^ Lee, Joshua (September 3, 2013). "Charter class grad worked for President Reagan". The Daily Universe.
  9. ^ User, Super. "James F. Kuhn".
  10. ^ "Timothy J. McBride Oral History, Personal Aide to the President; Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development; Assistant to the President for Management". Miller Center. October 27, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "41 Storytellers". 41 on 41.
  12. ^ "Friends, former aides remember what made George H.W. Bush 'the kind of person I want as president'". PBS NewsHour. December 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Doug Band". Teneo.
  14. ^ Living, Aegis. "Starbucks Executive Kris Engskov Joins Aegis Living As President As The Company Opens A New Chapter On Premium Care Quality And Growth".
  15. ^ "Blake Gottesman".
  16. ^ "Jared Weinstein - General Partner @ Thrive Capital". Crunchbase.
  17. ^ "George W. Bush's longtime chief of staff to step down". Dallas News. November 17, 2017.
  18. ^ "Reggie Love on life as Obama's "chief of stuff"". Washington Post.
  19. ^ Wilcox, LeAnn (January 13, 2017). "Late-Term Role for Obama: Groomsman in Chief" – via
  20. ^ CNN, Kaitlan Collins, Jeremy Diamond and Jeff Zeleny. "Longtime Trump aide fired over financial crime investigation". CNN.
  21. ^ a b "Trump's 'body guy' plans to leave White House soon: officials". November 26, 2018 – via