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After World Cup loss, U.S. ambassador in London doesn’t waffle on bet with Belgians


United States’ head coach Juergen Klinsmann reacts during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the U.S. at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, on July 1. (Matt Dunham/AP)

Hopeful chants of “I believe that we will win” transition into a solemn instrumental as the score of the U.S.A. vs. Belgium World Cup game appears against a black screen. Then U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew Barzun appears at the embassy of his Belgian counterpart carrying the goods to cook “American pancakes.” Barzun measures and mixes and pours and flips in slow motion as the classical music soars.

You should probably just watch it yourself:

U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew Barzun and Belgian Ambassador Guy Trouveroy bet an American pancake breakfast or Belgian waffle breakfast on their teams' round of 16 World Cup game. The U.S. team lost, and Barzun settled the score earlier this week. (U.S. Embassy in London via YouTube)

As we reported a week ago, when a U.S. World Cup championship was still a long-shot possibility, Barzun sent Guy Trouveroy, Belgian ambassador in London, a handwritten note offering a breakfast wager. He’d pay up in pancakes if America lost, while Trouveroy would have to, of course, cook some Belgian waffles for the American staff if the U.S prevailed.

On Tuesday, the Belgians got their flapjacks.

Meanwhile, President Obama owes Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo some White House brew, but no word on when he will make good on his lost bet. His National Security Council usually takes care of these things, and they’ve been just a little busy the past week.

Di Rupo, whose team fell to Argentina in the quarter-finals, was quick to stick it to Obama last week with some good-natured needling on Twitter:

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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