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Michael Jordan once botched birthday gift for President Obama

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It's no secret that President Barack Obama is a huge basketball fan.

Knowing that, former adviser David Axelrod had a great idea for a birthday gift back when Obama turned 50 in 2011.

Axelrod procured a poster of Michael Jordan, and sent it over to "His Airness" in hopes of getting it signed for the president.

Jordan obliged, except there was one major problem with the gift: The former NBAer spelled Obama's first name wrong.

"I sent it to Jordan to have him sign it for me," Axelrod said, via Marin Cogan of New York Magazine. "In black Sharpie, Jordan scrawled, 'To Barrack: you still owe me dinner. Wishing you well, Michael Jordan.'"

Axelrod still attempted to deliver the gift to Obama, even though Jordan misspelled his name.

"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.'"

And that's the story of how the greatest player in NBA history spelled Obama's name wrong.

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Keegan Bradley of the United States talks to Basketball player Michael Jordan on the 1st tee during the Afternoon Foursomes of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Ex-NBA star Michael Jordan watches the action during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 26, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Michael Jordan and USA Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson talk during the foursome matches for the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, on September 26, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images Europe)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Michael Jordan talks with United States team vice captain Steve Stricker during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Keegan Bradley of the United States talks with Michael Jordan on the first tee during the foursome matches for the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images Europe)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Basketball player Michael Jordan watches on the 1st tee during the Afternoon Foursomes of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Basketball player Michael Jordan watches on the 1st tee during the Afternoon Foursomes of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Keegan Bradley of the United States talks to Basketball player Michael Jordan on the 1st tee during the Afternoon Foursomes of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Hall of fame basketball player and owner of the Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan watches the golf from 12 during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Ex-NBA star Michael Jordan poses with Suzanne Torrance, wife of Europe team vice captain Sam Torrance (L) and Pernilla Bjorn, wife of Thomas Bjorn of Europe (R) on the 1st tee during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Hall of fame basketball player and owner of the Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan watches the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: (L-R) Susanne Jimenez, Michael Jordan and Miguel Angel Jimenez pose on the first tee during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 26, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Michael Jordan stands on the first tee during the foursome matches for the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, on September 26, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images Europe)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Michael Jordan enjoys a cigar while watching play during the foursome matches for the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, on September 26, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images Europe)
Former US basketball player Michael Jordan watches play from the 11th green on the first day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Gleneagles Hotel in Gleneagles, Scotland, on September 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Ex-NBA star Michael Jordan watches the action during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 26, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Ex-NBA star Michael Jordan watches the action during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 26, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
MEDINAH, IL- SEPTEMBER 30: NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan watches the tournament on his American Express Course Cast TV during the Singles Matches for the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 30, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America via Getty Images)
MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 30: Former NBA player Michael Jordan walks the course during the Singles Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 30, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 30: Former NBA player Michael Jordan walks the course during the Singles Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 30, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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