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Trump tweets 'Happy Birthday' message to 'the great' Lee Greenwood, mentions wrong Lee Greenwood

Tweet thrusts average guy into spotlight
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Posted at 5:59 AM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 09:03:47-04

An ordinary guy was thrust into the spotlight Friday after getting an accidental birthday shout-out from the leader of the free world.

On Friday morning at about 7:30 a.m. Eastern, President Trump tweeted a heartfelt birthday wish to country music singer Lee Greenwood.

But he unfortunately sent it to the wrong Lee Greenwood.

"Happy birthday to the great @leegreenwood83. You and your beautiful song have made such a difference. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Trump tweeted.

The @leegreenwood83 account that Trump mentioned apparently belongs to a New York-based lawyer named Lee Greenwood who, ironically, appears to be a critic of the president, based on his past tweets. He had about 800 Twitter followers as of Friday morning.

The Lee Greenwood that Trump meant to mention — singer of 1984's "God Bless the USA" — turned 74 years old on Friday. He is on Twitter at @TheLeeGreenwood.

About 2 hours after the tweet was posted, Trump deleted it and posted the same tweet, only replacing "@leegreenwood83" with "@TheLeeGreenwood." No further reference to the error was made.

Trump's original tweet was liked more than 12,000 times in the first hour it was up and was also retweeted thousands of times.

Clint Davis covers entertainment and trending news topics for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis. Keep up to date with the latest news by following @ScrippsNational on Twitter.