Reggie Love recalls President Obama’s star-studded 50th birthday game

President Barack Obama and then-aide Reggie Love (Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)

Reggie Love takes NETLIFE host Dawn Staley behind the scenes of his time in politics, including when he served as an aide to President Barack Obama.

On the latest episode of the podcast, Love recalls his fondest memory in the White House, when President Obama invited Love’s parents to the Oval Office on the first day of his presidency.

“Your parents will not be here forever. You should never miss the opportunity to appreciate them and to show them gratitude and love,” Love remembers President Obama telling him then.

Another of Love’s favorite moments from the White House was President Obama’s 50th birthday celebration in 2011. It was never a secret that the 44th President of the United States enjoyed a competitive game of basketball, and that passion was on full display during his landmark birthday festivities.

The president’s staff organized a pick-up basketball game with players who supported his campaign, including Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul and other top-tier NBA talent. Wounded Warriors from the Walter Reed Medical Center were also invited to the White House for the star-studded event.

With all the impressive talent in the room, Love was taken by one player’s skills in particular: WNBA icon Maya Moore.

“She was by far better than everybody,” Love says of Moore, who stepped away from the game in 2018 to focus full-time on criminal justice reform and freeing Jonathan Irons, her now husband, from prison.

For more on Love’s time in the White House, listen to the latest episode of NETLIFE.