March 12th, 2010
05:52 PM ET
5 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. Shibumi

    A fumbling dork with or without the jersey.

    March 12, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. jeff jackson, alabama

    I just have a quick question. Speaking as a
    Republican.........
    How can all you lefties and righties out there
    make something political out of this good
    clean fun stuff?
    Some of you need to leave America for just
    one year and then when you come back you
    will have better attitudes. Life is good here, relax
    take an aspirin, and enjoy life people.

    March 12, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Quanell X

    "showing up for his daily press briefing wearing an Olympic Team Canada jersey" And why not, we have pictures of Obama wearing a Muslim turban so why wouldn't we expect his staff to wear other countries colors?

    March 12, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Read the contstitution

    he should be goalie, nothing would get threw his bloated obese body. maybe Michelle should start her obesity war with Gibbs....or our bloated debt tripled by her awful president of a husband

    March 12, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. fun

    LOL. Anyone making a big deal... lighten up! This is good clean fun.

    March 12, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Cheryl

    Something is seriously wrong with people who can turn even a good natured joke into an opportunity to launch into one of their incessant hate-filled rants. Don't they realize they're saying so much more about themselves than what they're barking about?

    March 12, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. John

    This ought to bring the right wing nutjobs out of the woodwork

    March 12, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Read the contstitution

    It is fun! I love calling out such a lying idiot. Every time he talks, I want to ask him to get me more coffee. If it talks like a hick, and walks like a hick.........

    March 12, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Kevin

    To Jeff Jackson in Alabama – amen brother. Coming from a Democrat in Texas. Maybe there are sane people of both parties who could actually work together on something? Maybe we should meet in D.C. with some beers and some common sense. Have a good one.

    March 12, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. our game our gold

    try again in 4 years. should have had 87 on the back instead of 39, but none you yanks would understand that.

    conservative canadian living in the us.

    March 12, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    You kept YOUR word and then you showed what you're all about – USA – USA – USA!!!

    March 12, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. I get it

    to "our game our gold". You know, just because we're "yanks" it doesn't mean we don't get it. Not all hockey fans are Canadian. I know Sidney Crosby is number 87, and I'm not Canadian. He place for the Penguins which is a team in the NHL which has American fans. It's not like he's some unknown.

    By the way, Crosby is a great player, but for the love of hockey let's get over him already. I don't mind Canada winning, it was a great game, but why Crosby!? Ugh.

    March 12, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Wow...if you made a negative comment here, you probably need a diaper change.

    March 12, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Sam

    Some of the negative political comments on this story are just sad. This was a bet with Canada. If wearing a CANADIAN hockey jersey is now unacceptable there really is no hope for America. The US and Canada have the best relationship of any two countries in the world, and if we can't see this as good fun between the best of friends – then heaven help us.

    March 12, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Shane Barnes

    Nice to see. This USA-Canada rivalry will has been brewing for the last 20 years in hockey. I am quite sure that eventually our PM or press secretary will be wearing a Team USA jersey the next time our teams meet for an Olympic gold medal, but the Finns, Swedes, Czechs and Russians will have something to say about that.

    March 12, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Sadee K

    All of you need a good strong cup of Green Tea. It does wonders for the soul!

    March 12, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Mike

    I would like to see the fool move to Canada and take nobama with him.

    March 12, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Mike F

    Everybody making political comments on a story like this is pathetic.

    March 12, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. all the news that is fit too omit

    Actually Zombie, I won't waste my time on the likes of you, what I posted WAS ALL FACTUAL.

    What you post is all liberal, and remember, facts and "you people" don't get along too well.

    March 12, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Walter

    This is just good clean fun. It's how hard working adults stay on this side of the sanity line. And those of you who are trying to make something more out of it need to grow up.

    March 12, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. kevin

    to my american brothas, what happens on the ice stays on the ice, you're just going to have to get over it. The whole side bet thing was just good sportsmanship between good friends. Canada took gold and that's how we roll!

    March 12, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. ted

    just a good hearted rivalry.

    March 12, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. File under "Sarcasm"

    Maybe we could get him to move there.

    March 12, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Denial -- It ain't a River in Egypt

    A member of the Obama Administration wearing Canadian colors?

    Why is this news?

    When Obama, himself, and his trillions of dollars of new debt will be resorting us to fly Chinese colors (i.e., that big giant red flag) over our Grand children's "America."

    March 12, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Mark

    As a Canadian I think of Americans as brothers, but this is our game, and everyone in the country knew our teams had to win. If they didn't it would have been terrible, but it would not, could not ,change the brotherhood. Thank you America for being gracious.

    March 12, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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