Obama Puts a Case on the Line With Harper Over Hockey

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Melodie Daoust #15 of Canada falls after colliding with Monique Lamoureux #7 of the United States during the Women’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 12, 2014.

UPDATE: The Canadian women’s team prevailed over the U.S. squad in overtime in today’s match, 3-2, leaving it up to the American men tomorrow to salvage for national pride the bet delineated below…

… There’s some tension between the U.S. and Canada these days.

The showdown over the Keystone XL pipeline is one thing, but now there are a couple of hockey gold medals on the line.

With the women’s teams from the U.S. and Canada facing off in the Winter Olympics final today in Sochi, Russia, and the men’s teams going up against each other in a semi-final tomorrow, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper took to Twitter to talk smack.

Harper tweeted that “#teamusa is good, but #WeAreWinter. #GoCanadaGo

Obama was a bit  more muted:  “#GoTeamUSA! -bo”

It’s a case of Canadian beer for a case of U.S.-made brew per game.

Obama acknowledged the impact of the games on international relations when the two leaders, along with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, talked to a group of business leaders in Toluca, Mexico, yesterday.

“We are going to have both the men’s hockey teams and the women’s hockey teams battling it out,” he said. “So for a very brief period of time, I may not feel as warm towards Canadians as I normally do — at least until those matches are over.”

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