March 12th, 2010
05:52 PM ET
8 years ago

Oh Canada! Gibbs pays up on Olympic bet

Washington (CNN) - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made good on a bet with his Canadian counterpart Friday, showing up for his daily press briefing wearing an Olympic Team Canada jersey.

Gibbs lost a bet with Dimitri Soudas, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's press secretary, over the winner of the February 28 Canada-U.S. men's gold medal hockey game. Canada won the game in overtime, 3-2.

Gibbs' jersey had "39" on the back - the number worn by Ryan Miller, the starting goalie for the U.S. hockey team.

Gibbs quickly pulled off the Canadian jersey, however, to reveal a U.S. Olympic hockey jersey underneath.

Had the U.S. team won, Soudas would have been required to wear an American jersey at one of his briefings.

Gibbs said the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa had been instructed to deliver a case of Molson Canadian and Yuengling Lager to Harper's office. President Barack Obama and Harper wagered a case of beer on the gold medal game.

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Josh

    I bet you when FIX NEWS show this to their crazy viewers thair angle will go like this" America Hating Obama Press Secretary was pulling for canadw the whole time. This Administration hates America"

    March 12, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. get real

    I perefer the USA jersey he had on underneath. Light-hearted fun!

    March 12, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Pkm gibbs has a good sense of humor the president is trying to talk to canada as a friendley nation it bush always tried threts or bully other countrys may be other countrys will help us

    March 12, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. John

    Oh Canada! Gibbs pays up on Olympic bet

    Too bad such good natured sportsmanship is so often overshadowed by hypercompetetive nationalism in sports and just about everything else.

    March 12, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Elliott

    Gibbs doesn't do press briefings.

    March 12, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |

    You guys gave us a hell of game !
    Hockey is religion in Canada and the streets of Vancouver went nuts when Crosby scored in OT.
    200,000 people hit the streets and millions across the country.
    Good job American brothers, great game.

    March 12, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Soooo, who cares! he should make a bet with the American people if health Care reform will be productive for an individual.

    And I'm sorry but there might be evidence that it just might be Unconstitutional if it passes.

    March 12, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Socialism is spending someone else's money until it runs out

    Maybe Gibbs and his boss can both go to Canada and stay,USA would be alot better off without them.

    March 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. idea

    Josh you are a pathetic moron , America is not for your dad or your mom , America is for every americain so shut up red neck

    March 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Pedro

    Glad to see Gibbs making good on the bet


    March 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Tommy P

    Faux news will be all over this in order to feed the nut cases who watch it anti-Obama propaganda.

    March 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. DonBeal

    Yuengling, from America's oldest brewery, and an excellent choice.

    March 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    That game was fantastic. When the US scored with 24 seconds left in regulation to tie it my house erupted. Too bad the Canadians scored that soft goal to win it. Congrats to our northern brothers!

    Yes they did!

    March 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Naturally this will piss off tea bagger conservatives, because, well everything pisses off the tea bagger conservatives if it is even remotely associated with Obama. See, Franky Land of Lincoln for more.

    March 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Justen in Florida

    Josh, I'm a fox news crazy conservative viewer. And I see this as harmless fun. In other words, no big deal, kinda cool really.

    ok, josh, you can go spout your hate some more, my post is done.

    March 12, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Dano

    OMG the Repubs are going to say he hates America now!

    March 12, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Nick


    AND he wasn't wearing the flag-pin! oh my....scandal!

    March 12, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Tim

    I heard the bet was for him or the Canadian to wear the jersey for 15 minutes. Doesn't sound like he wore it for that long.

    March 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Marc

    I watched the game, even not being a hockey enthusiast I have to admit that it was a great game. The US team tying the with less than a minute to its end, the Canadian top player (who had not done anything remarkable the entire game) scoring the Golden medal point... and the streets of Canada completely desert!
    Good sportsmanship Mr. Gibbs.

    March 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. katrinanyc

    to Franky, Land of Lincoln

    This piece was about a hockey game and good sportsmanship. I guess you and your ilk just don't have a sense of occasion.

    March 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Jay

    Glad our two countries are getting along now. The dark days of Bush are over!

    March 12, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Jim

    Lets see what the Obama haters have to say about this...

    March 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Diana

    I can't wait to see what those right-winged nuts say about this. Good job Canada, great game. There's no other team I'd rather have the US lose to than you.

    March 12, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. paulie_nj

    now that's news!

    March 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. shucks

    As a Pittsburgher, we all had very mixed emotions over this game. Of course we were all rooting for the USA to win the game, but in the end if one person had to score the winning goal against the USA we are all very happy it was Sid the Kid Crosby. Congratulations to both sides for an incredible game.

    March 12, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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