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Michael Jordan misspelled Barack Obama’s first name on 50th-birthday gift


US President Barack Obama wears a Chicago Bulls cap after speaking at a DNC fundraiser April 14, 2011 at the Navy Pier in Chicago. Obama is in Chicago to attend a series of DNC fundraisers. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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When Barack Obama turned 50 in 2011, former adviser David Axelrod wanted to get the president something special.

Knowing Obama is a Chicagoan and huge basketball fan, Axelrod obtained a poster of Michael Jordan.

Axelrod, via Marin Cogan of New York Magazine (hat tip:
James Dator of SB Nation):

I sent it to Jordan to have him sign it for me.” In black Sharpie, Jordan scrawled, “To Barrack: you still owe me dinner. Wishing you well, Michael Jordan.”

“I gave it to the president, and he said, ‘I can’t put this up, he misspelled my name!’ So I said, ‘Fine, I’ll take it.’ ”

Perhaps to make up for his snafu, Jordan fundraised for Obama in 2012.

Their relationship has been a little more combustible lately.