TORONTO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron exchanged beers on Saturday to honour their bet over the England-U.S. World Cup soccer match that ended in a draw.
“This is Goose Island 312 beer from my hometown of Chicago. ...I advised him that in America we drink our beer cold,” Obama said after a meeting with Britain’s new prime minister at a Group of 20 summit in Toronto.
Cameron reciprocated with a brew local to his Witney constituency called Hobgoblin.
Obama had earlier given Cameron a ride to Toronto in his Marine One helicopter from the Group of Eight summit in a resort north of Toronto, and apparently suggested his passenger pay his own way.
“Thank you also for the lift between the two. It was -- he threatened to send me a bill, but as I said, times are very tight in the U.K., so I’m afraid we’ll have to take it as a free lift,” Cameron said.
Earlier this year, Obama shipped a case of American beer to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper after losing a bet over the men’s Olympic hockey final in which Canada beat the United States.
Reporting by Alister Bull and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney
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