NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is ready for the icy cold one President Barack Obama promised him.
With their countries facing off in a pair of Olympic hockey games this week, more than just the puck is on the line.
The leaders had wagered a case of beer on each game, a bet they apparently brewed Wednesday while in Toluca, Mexico, for a day of meetings with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Obama and Harper announced their friendly wager on Thursday over Twitter.
Obama signed the tweet “-bo,” which is how the White House designates messages sent personally by the president.
About the same time, a message on Harper’s official Twitter feed said:
Harper was on an airplane returning home from Mexico on Thursday afternoon when he learned that the Canada women’s hockey team had defeated the U.S., 3-2, in overtime, to win its fourth straight Olympic gold medal — and that he also had won a case of beer.
He’ll receive one of the varieties of beer that are brewed at the White House using honey from the beehive on the South Lawn.
The prime minister even took over the intercom on the airplane to announce the team’s latest Olympic victory, said his spokesman, Jason MacDonald. Cheers and applause erupted.
The U.S. and Canada men’s teams play Friday for a spot in the final, and a chance to go for the gold.
“For a very brief period of time, I might not feel as warm towards Canadians as I normally do – at least until those matches are over,” Obama joked earlier this week.
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