Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh has his sights set on two special honorary captains. (Tony Ding/Associated Press)

Two former residents of the White House won’t be heading to the Big House anytime soon.

Former president Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have declined, at least for now, an invitation from Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh to serve as honorary captains for the Wolverines’ football team.

In a recent interview with WXYZ-TV’s Brad Galli, Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh said the 44th president of the United States and his wife respectfully declined his invitation.

“[They] were both as gracious as they could be,” Harbaugh said in an interview with WXYZ’s Brad Galli. “They worked very hard to come. They’re not going to be able to unfortunately make [it] this year.”

Because this is Jim Harbaugh, though, he’s nothing if not optimistic that the former president and first lady, whom he met over the summer, will get there eventually. In 2016, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady (during his Deflategate suspension) were honorary captains, and former Wolverine Charles Woodson will do the honors for the Ohio State game in November.

Over the summer, Harbaugh said he had spent “39 wonderful minutes” with the former president and admitted that he had an honorary captaincy on his mind. “We’re making those asks. Official asks,” Harbaugh told reporters. “In the process of making an official ask. There’s been, ‘Hey, we’d like you to do it,’ and now we’re doing officials asks.”

Although 2017 seems out of the question, Harbaugh isn’t the kind of guy who will give up.

“It’ll happen,” Harbaugh said of the Obamas. “It’ll happen someday, I believe.”

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