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President Obama makes good on Olympic beer bet with Canadian prime minister

In this Feb. 19, 2014, photo Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, shakes hands with President Barack Obama during the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico. Harper is ready for the icy cold one Obama promised him. With their countries facing off in a pair of Olympic hockey games this week, more than just the puck was on the line. The leaders wagered a case of beer on each game. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick ) In this Feb. 19, 2014, photo Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, shakes hands with President Barack Obama during the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico. Harper is ready for the icy cold one Obama promised him. With their countries facing off in a pair of Olympic hockey games this week, more than just the puck was on the line. The leaders wagered a case of beer on each game. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick )

A man is only as good as his word, so when Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper revealed late last week that President Obama had yet to deliver on their Olympic hockey bet, the White House acted fast.

Last month, the nations’ leaders made a sudsy wager on two ice hockey games. Both the USA men’s and women’s teams lost to Canada’s squads, so Obama owed Harper two cases of White House-brewed beer.

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday that he didn’t know what caused the delay, “but I can tell you that the president is somebody who makes good on his bets.”

“So I’m confident that Prime Minister Harper and members of his team will soon be enjoying some delicious White House beer,” Earnest said.

And so they were. On Monday two cases of White House brew, Honey Porter and Honey Blond, were delivered to the Canadian Embassy with Obama’s National Security Council acting as distributor:

Thirsty friends at @connect2canada: can you confirm you received our beer today? We don’t want @pmharper thinking we didn’t come through…

— @NSCPress (@NSCPress) March 10, 2014

To which the Canadian Embassy responded:

@NSCPress YES! Thank you! The @WhiteHouse beer is safe & sound in #AmbDoer’s office… for now :) #viewfrom501 pic.twitter.com/AjHp0DNFPU

— Connect2Canada (@connect2canada) March 10, 2014
Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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