President Obama Salutes U.S. Women's Soccer Team for Teaching America's Kids How to Be 'Badass'

"Playing like a girl means being the best," President Obama said of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team

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President Obama knows a thing or two about being a badass and on Tuesday he welcomed some of his own – the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team – to the White House.

“This team taught all of America’s children that ‘playing like a girl’ means you’re a badass,” Obama said of the women, who beat Japan 5-2 in the World Cup Final in July.

Obama’s words were met with applause from the crowd gathered in the White House’s East Room, which included plenty of young girls and boys, some lawmakers and Vice President Joe Biden, who attended the World Cup Final with his family and Obama’s daughter Sasha.

“Playing like a girl means being the best,” Obama continued. “It means drawing the largest TV audience for a soccer match – men or women’s – in American history. It means wearing our nation’s crest on your jersey, taking yourself and your country to the top of the world. That’s what American women do, that’s what American girls do – that’s why celebrate this team.”

Obama was introduced by 13-year-old Ayla Ludlow, who read a letter she wrote to the president in which she described her brother mocking women athletes. She concluded, “A lot of girls are better at sports than boys.”

When POTUS took the stage he said, “I don’t know where your brother is, but this is some payback right now!”

The president praised some of the soccer players individually, including midfielder Carli Lloyd.

“Carli’s performance was so good that by the time the game was over someone had changed her title on Wikipedia from ‘Midfielder’ to ‘President of the United States’ – which by the way, the job’s about to open up. What’s another candidate in the mix?” Obama joked. “I guarantee you Carli knows more about being president than some of the folks who are running.”

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