In celebration of the U.S. women’s national soccer team being honored at the White House Tuesday, President Barack Obama chose a very candid set of words to say to the team.
Within the president’s 11-minute speech about the team’s accomplishments, he went on to say, “This team taught all of America’s children that ‘playing like a girl’ means you’re a badass,” NPR reported.
He then turned his attention to an individual team member, Carli Floyd, who scored a hat trick in the World Cup final.
“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,” he said. “I guarantee you Carli knows more about being president than some of the folks who are running. But that’s a whole other topic of conversation.”
He concluded his speech with praising the team for challenging sexist stereotypes about women in sports.
“They’ve inspired millions of girls to dream bigger, and by the way, inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important,” Obama said.