Jill Layton
October 28, 2015 9:25 am

The 2015 U.S. women’s soccer team has had a huge year. Not only did they win the World Cup — which makes them the best female soccer players on all of Earth — they’ve been on a victory tour that has included talk show appearances, various interviews, and exhibition games. But on Tuesday, they paid a visit to the White House to meet with President Obama, and during their visit, something really, really awesome happened.

For 11 whole minutes, Obama praised the world champs on their accomplishments as athletes and as role models. During his praise, he said something that all humans need to hear. He said, “This team taught all of America’s children that ‘playing like a girl’ means you’re a badass.”

Wait, did the President just say “badass”? Yes. He did. And it is absolutely the truth.

Obama lightheartedly added his thoughts about Carli Loyd, you know, the amazing midfielder who scored three goals in the first three minutes of World Cup final against Japan — NBD. “And 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 is about to open up,” Obama said. “I guarantee you Carli knows more about being president than some of the folks who are running. But that’s a whole other — that’s a whole other topic of conversation.”

The entire soccer team then took a selfie with POTUS.

So yeah, the President said the word “badass”, and it was glorious. But being the President, he quickly recognized that maybe he should have used a more family-friendly word — because of the whole being on national TV thing. So he changed it to, “‘Playing like a girl’ means being the best . . . That’s what American women do. That’s what American girls do. That’s why we celebrate this team. They’ve done it with class. They’ve done it the right way. They’ve done it with excitement. They’ve done with style. We are very, very proud of them.”

And so are we! You can check out President Obama’s whole speech here.

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Featured image via Twitter

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