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Gibbs makes good on hockey bet with Canada

Updated 8:25 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta and Scott Wilson
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs honored a bet he'd made with his Canadian counterpart during the Winter Olympics, donning the red maple leaf of the Canadian national hockey team at the start of Friday's briefing.

Gibbs had made the bet with Prime Minister Brian Stephen Harper's spokesman Dmitri Soudas over the outcome of the two gold medal U.S.-Canada hockey games. Canada won the gold in both the men's and women's games, though the Americans fought them vigorously in a men's game decided 3-2 in overtime.

Soudas, Gibbs said, is "somewhere several hundred miles north laughing."

President Obama and Harper had also bet a case of beer over the contests' outcomes, and Gibbs said he'd ordered a case of Yuengling, a Pennsylvania beer, and a case of Canadian-brand Molson beer to be shipped to Harper's office.

Gibbs managed to turn the Canadian colors into a Team America statement by donning a jersey with the number 39 on the back, for star American Olympic goalie Ryan Miller, whose many saves made him the tournament MVP.

Gibbs then took off the Canadian jersey to reveal the USA team's navy blue.

A voice called out, "What else are you going to take off?"

Quipped Gibbs: "No, no. That's for the chief of staff."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  March 12, 2010; 3:26 PM ET
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J-O-H-N C-A-R-L-S-O-N. So long, Canadia! See you in Sochi!

Posted by: redlineblue | March 12, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping Obama had traded the fat little orbe Gibbs to Canada when I saw this.

Posted by: robtr | March 12, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

so they got his first name wrong. big deal.

Posted by: rfsjms | March 12, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I would have thought the Washington Post had intelligent staff. It is typical that you Americans cannot get the name of the Canadian Prime Minister right, just because we are your largest and most important trading partner and ally shows how ignorant you can be,

Give my regards to President Barry Obama.
You can't get names straight or play hockey

Posted by: darrellinyvr | March 12, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

So, you just copy from ESPN who also renamed the PM of Canada as "Brian" Harper. Ha, ha. I thought the WP was a reputable newspaper.

The Prime Minister of Canada is Stephen Harper and he made a bet with Orval Obama.

Posted by: KPaige1 | March 12, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Canada's Prime Minister is Stephen Harper,
not Brian Harper :)

Posted by: beetle_rsi | March 12, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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