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.


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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