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White House Secretary wears Canada jersey after losing bet @NHLdotcom
It took nearly two weeks, but White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made good on his Olympic hockey bets on Friday when he arrived for his daily briefing in a Canadian hockey jersey.

Gibbs had lost a bet to his Canadian counterpart -- Dimitri Soudas, press secretary for Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper -- over the USA-Canada women’s gold medal game, a game won 2-0 by the Canadians. When the two spokesmen went double or nothing over the men’s hockey final, Gibbs lost again when Canada won that game 3-2 in overtime.

Gibbs modeled the jersey for the press corps.

"I’m a little warm," said Gibbs, who also joked that it was "casual Friday" at the White House.

The jersey’s No. 39 was in honor of Team USA goaltender and tournament MVP Ryan Miller.

"I have one official government announcement," Gibbs said. "We’ve instructed the embassy – our embassy and our ambassador – to make arrangements to deliver one case of Molson Canadian and one case of Yuengling Lager from Pottsville, Pa.,  America’s oldest brewery, to the prime minister’s office today. I’m sure Dimitri will take most of that home and consume it."

The bet was to wear the maple leaf sweater for 15 minutes during his briefing. But when Gibbs said he was going to take it off for questions, he was drowned out by shouts of "No."

"I thought we were doing this on the metric scale," he joked before yanking it off to reveal a No. 10 USA jersey.

"I don't think I can take any questions wearing this," Gibbs said -- and then he did, for most of the briefing.

Material from wire services was used in this report.

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