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Opinion: American Robert Gibbs eats Canadian hockey crow

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It’s not been a good week for Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, sportswise.

First, he had to endure a celebratory visit to the White House with the big boss by the national collegiate football champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide. Honoring his allegiance to Auburn, Gibbs boycotted that event, as The Ticket reported here.

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Today, as an apparent sign of shame, a good-natured Gibbs was forced to don a Canadian hockey jersey because on their second try in the recent Olympics, the Canadian pro players beat the United States’ pro players.

Apparently, like thousands of Americans and millions of Canadians, Gibbs was paying attention to the hockey rematch recently and placed a wager with his Canadian counterpart, Dimitri Soudas, said wager reportedly also to involve delivery of some alcoholic libations to the office of Canada’s President Stephen Harper.

Yes, of course, we know he’s really a prime minister. But it was Gibbs’ boss, the ex-state senator and Harvard grad, who referred to Canada’s leader as president during the U.S. presidential campaign.

After a moment before the cameras to honor the wager, Gibbs switched to a Hockey USA sweater.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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