Obama has some very specific food preferences

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At 26, Reggie Love, a former Duke University football and basketball star, became then-Sen. Barack Obama's right-hand man in 2007 during his first presidential campaign.

In his memoir, "Power Forward: My Presidential Education," Love, now 33, explained what it was like to crisscross the nation with Obama, buying his clothes, carrying his luggage, babysitting his children, and serving his meals.

Love once upset Obama after accidentally buying him the wrong trail mix before a flight from Washington, DC, to New York City.

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Obama has some very specific food preferences
President Barack Obama shakes hands with bystanders during a visit to Island Snow to get shave ice during a family vacation on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Barack Obama (R) talks with his daughter Malia Obama while stopping for shaved ice at Island Snow after a visit to the beach December 27, 2015 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Secret Service prepare for US President Barack Obama's departure from Island Snow during a stop for shaved ice after a visit to the beach December 27, 2015 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets people outside Island Snow during a stop for shaved ice after a visit to the beach December 27, 2015 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama waves during a visit to Island Snow to get shave ice during a family vacation, on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A member of the Secret Service stands watch over a crowd as US President Barack Obama stops for shaved ice from Island Snow after a visit to the beach December 27, 2015 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama leaves Island Snow after eating shaved ice after a visit to the beach December 27, 2015 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama leaves Island Snow with shaved ice after a visit to the beach December 27, 2015 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama eats shaved ice from Island Snow after a visit to the beach December 27, 2015 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama leaves Island Snow with shaved ice after a visit to the beach December 27, 2015 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
People take photos of President Barack Obama during a visit to Island Snow to get shave ice during a family vacation on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Barack Obama leaves Island Snow with shaved ice after a visit to the beach December 27, 2015 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, right, talks with his daughter Malia on a visit to Island Snow during a family vacation on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Barack Obama gets into his armored car after a stop at Island Snow for shaved ice while on the way home from the beach December 27, 2015 in Kailua, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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"The senator opened the bag of trail mix I'd bought and proceeded to pick out every M&M, holding them all in his palm like pieces of candy-coated toxic waste. 'I'm not going to eat these,' he said while pushing his hand in my general direction.

'Do you want them?' he asked, wrinkling his nose. 'No thank you, sir,' I answered.

The incident resulted in what Love called "the first of what would be thousands of notes to self" about the president's pet peeves.

Here are some other things Love learned about Obama's likes and dislikes:

  • No gum wrapped in tiny papers; he prefers plastic-packed Dentyne Ice
  • Only "normal" Nicorette gum, not special flavors
  • No candy in trail mix
  • No energy bars with fruit pieces
  • Salads are OK, but only in emergencies (because it's difficult to eat salad in a car)
  • Ranch dressing or vinaigrette on salads
  • Sandwiches are ideal
  • Never mayonnaise; he hates mayonnaise
  • Grilled fish or chicken
  • Nothing battered
  • Nothing fried
  • No fast food
  • No soda
  • No coffee
  • He likes to have orange juice or green tea in the morning

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