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President Obama has a "soft spot" for Florida Gators offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert

How would you like being called out in a crowd by President Barack Obama? That's what happened to Florida Gators offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert when the University of Florida football team met with the President at the White House on Thursday.

Gilbert Marcus Gilbert's father, Jeff, was a Secret Service agent for Obama throughout most of his campaign. President Obama and Jeff Gilbert are good friends, according to the President. Naturally, that means the President gets to bust the chops of Jeff's son. Gilbert, who will be a redshirt junior next season, is from Coral Springs and graduated from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in 2006.

For the record, Gilbert [PICTURED] was the first person President Obama singled out on Thursday ... ahead of Tim Tebow even.

"I do have to give a special shout-out to Marcus Gilbert," Obama said. "Where's Marcus? There he is. Marcus, I've got a soft spot for this guy, because his dad, Jeff, was the first Secret Service agent on my detail, almost two years ago. He was with me for most of the campaign. He is a great friend of mine -- and there he is back there.

"So that's Marcus' pop right here. We always tried to figure out how Marcus got so big because Jeff is not that big and his wife is even smaller."

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