The Gist

All the President’s Body Men

Actor Tony Hale plays the assistant to Julia Louis-Dreyfus on HBO’s Veep. He’ll compare notes with Obama’s real-life body man, Reggie Love.

Reggie Love, Tony Hale, and Mike Pesca at Politicon in Los Angeles.
Reggie Love, Tony Hale, and Mike Pesca at Politicon in Los Angeles.

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On The Gist, we bring you a Pesca-moderated panel recorded live from Politicon in Los Angeles. Panelists include actor Tony Hale, who plays a body man on TV, and Reggie Love, a real-life body man for six years. We’ll learn what goes into their respective roles—for Love, working as Barack Obama’s right-hand man and confidante throughout the 2008 campaign and into his first days at the White House, and for Hale, playing the assistant to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ VP and now president on HBO’s Veep. Love’s the author of Power Forward: My Presidential Education.

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