Did Obama Diss Fox's Major Garrett at His News Conference?

All the other White House reporters are called by their first name, but not Fox's Major Garrett.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

He got called on at Tuesday's prime-time press conference, so President Obama probably doesn't hate Fox News Channel's Major Garrett. But the president does have a major—lowercase—tic when it comes to Garrett's name. When reading from a cheat sheet Tuesday, he called out "Major Garrett," but that was shortened to Garrett when Obama looked at the newsman for a follow-up. Then yesterday, Obama referred to the reporter in a face-to-face event as "Garrett." After Major told him his first name, the prez said choosing Garrett was "a sign of affection." And Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs tells Garrett he was a first with a presidential nickname. Says Major: "I told Gibbs I would take 'Garrett' happily because [White House Chief of Staff] Rahm Emanuel probably has a less friendly one for me."

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