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President Obama mistaken for England’s Chris Smalling – SportsUntapped.com
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Added June 25th, 2014 by Ian

President Obama mistaken for England’s Chris Smalling
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According to a marketing company in England, American President Barack Obama looks an awful lot like Manchester United and England centre-back Chris Smalling. We know Obama’s a pretty decent basketball player, but didn’t know he’s also a world-class footballer who was drafted into England’s winless World Cup squad. The unnamed company in the UK had the job of manufacturing collectors’ coffee cups for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and it was their task to put the photos of England players on the mugs.

But when it came time to find a photo of Smalling, an apprentice with the firm somehow came up with one of the most powerful man in the free world and inserted it onto the mug. Reports from the New York Post said the apprentice found the image of Obama while doing a Google search for Smalling’s mug shot. It’s unclear how he ended up with Obama’s photo, but it’s understandable that a young Briton might not recognize the president right away.

Since the firm didn’t realize the mistake had been made until after 2,000 mugs were produced, they decided to try and sell them off at a discount rather than chuck them out. The company hired a web-based firm called Wholesale Clearance UK to help them unload the mugs on the public for a pound each. Wholesale Clearance UK didn’t want to name the embarrassed mug manufacturer and came out with the description below when trying to sell the mugs online.

“The Dorset company in question (whose blushes we shall protect for now….maybe!) was given the seemingly easy job of sourcing royalty-free pictures of each England squad player to use on the England mugs – along with other accompanying items such as England coasters, England mouse mats etc. They passed this onto to their young, bright eyed and bushy tailed new apprentice. The designs were proofed and signed off by the boss, who had clearly had a heavy night with the lads playing poker and before he’d had his first vat of coffee the following morning.”

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