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First Fan Barack Obama getting excited about Michael Jordan matchup

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The Obama campaign is breaking out everything but a Ray Clay intro for the upcoming fund-raiser with Michael Jordan in New York.

The most recent email sent from the campaign promises the chance of meeting M.J. and some other basketball player named Obama, among other hoopsters. The email:

When Michael Jordan wrote a check to my campaign for U.S. Senate in 2004, I wasn't sure whether I should cash it or frame it.

Now Michael Jordan is taking his support to the next level. If you chip in $5 or whatever you can today, you'll be automatically entered for a chance to meet both of us at an event later this month in New York City.

You're invited to bring a guest -- so if basketball isn't your game, I encourage you to bring someone in your life who might enjoy meeting Michael and me over dinner, and maybe even shooting some hoops with some of the other basketball stars, past and present.

Now, I don't know if I'll want to sprint up and down the court that night, but I'm always up to launch a few jump shots. If you join me, don't be surprised if I challenge you or your guest to play.

A similar "Obama Classic" basketball event planned for last December was postponed after team owners and players reached a labor deal following a lockout.

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