ANN ARBOR, MICH - Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is planning to invite former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as honorary captains at a U-M game this fall.
"We're making those asks," Harbaugh said. "Official asks. Yes we're in the process of making an official ask. There'd been, 'hey we'd like you to do it.' Now the official ask."
Harbaugh had a number of famous honorary captains last year, including Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and Hank Aaron.
He's in a position to ask Obama because of their previous relationship.
Harbaugh served on Michelle Obama's education committee, helping her at a rally in Detroit and then in Washington, D.C. as well. He connected with President Obama during the speech supporting Hillary Clinton in the days before the election last fall, and then Harbaugh and his wife Sarah were invited to one of the Obamas' final parties in January before leaving the White House.
This past week when Harbaugh was in D.C. to speak on behalf of the Legal Services Corporation about legal aid for the underprivileged, he, his son Jay and LSC chairman John Levi met with President Obama.
"We had 39 wonderful minutes with President Obama, saw Mrs. Obama as well and he was great, relaxed, working on a lot of things," Harbaugh said. "(His) book and several things. He shared a lot of insights for myself, Jay (Harbaugh), John Levi. We talked about Legal Services Corporation."
The trip also featured a Washington Nationals baseball game, a tour of Congress and meetings with Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell and former senator Bob Dole.
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