Obama Congratulates Women’s World Cup Champions

When the US women’s soccer team won earlier this year in the Women’s World Cup, the world was taken aback: it seemed highly unlikely that a country like America, where interest in soccer is fleeting at best in the face of such sports as football or basketball, would be able to beat out those countries where soccer is life.  Yet the US women’s soccer team shocked fans around the globe when they defeated Japan 5-2 during the final to collect the top prize in women’s soccer.  Earlier today, President Obama welcomed the champions to the White House, saying that their class, excitement and style inspired the whole US.

In an inspiring message, Obama said that they inspired countless children Barack Obama women's world cup teamof both genders to dream big, and that “playing like a girl means you’re a badass”.  In his speech, Obama singled out midfielder Carli Lloyd, named the tournament’s most valuable player after scoring three goals in the final.  He mentioned that Lloyd’s title on Wikipedia was jokingly changed during the game to “President of the United States”, pointing out that the position is “about to open up” and that she knows more about being President than some of the people running, no doubt a jab at the 2016 Republican presidential field.

In addition, Obama praised the team for launching the “She Believes” initiative to encourage young fans to believe in themselves.  The team then presented Obama with a soccer jersey that included his name and the number “44” on the back, a reference to his title as the 44th President of the United States.

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