Monday, March 1, 2010

Obama, Gibbs pay off Canadian counterparts over hockey game

If you're a sports fan, or an Olympics fan, chances are you were doing the same thing yesterday afternoon as President Obama: Watching the gold medal hockey game between the U.S. and Canada, with the favored Canadians prevailing 3-2 in sudden death overtime.

"Wow -- unreal game," tweeted White House press secretary Robert Gibbs shortly after Sidney Crosby slapped in the winning goal for Canada. "POTUS watched OT in his office right off the Oval Office -- all of us are so proud of our great team."

Indeed, the U.S. -- which had upset Canada earlier in the Olympic tournament -- again played well in seeking (unsuccessfully) to deprive the host team a gold medal in its national game.

The loss is a little more painful for Gibbs than Obama, both of whom wagered on the contest.

The president only has to ship a case of Molson beer to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (Don't know if it will be Molson Golden or, The Oval's favorite, Molson XXX.)

Gibbs -- who went double or nothing with Harper's spokesman after the U.S. women's hockey team lost to Canada -- now has to wear a Canadian hockey jersey on camera. Don't know if he will go with the red jersey or white.