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."
March 12, 2010; 3:26 PM ET
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