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Here's the Surprising Thing President Obama Had to Say to the US Women's Soccer Team

Here's the Surprising Thing President Obama Had to Say to the US Women's Soccer Team

The White House honored the U.S. women's national soccer team on Tuesday.

"This team taught all of America's children that 'playing like a girl' means you're a badass," President Barack Obama said.

In an 11-minute speech, the President praised the team's accomplishments and acknowledged individual players' contributions on the field, in which he spoke about midfielder Carli Lloyd.

"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,''" Obama said. "Which, by the way, the job is about to open up. 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."

According to NPR, Obama praised the team for changing stereotypes of women and girls in sports, saying, "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."

"Playing like a girl means being the best," the president said at the end of his speech, according to NPR.

"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 with the right way. They've done it with excitement. They've done with style. We are very, very proud of them."

After the celebration, U.S. women's soccer team veteran Abby Wambach announced plans to retire.

Wambach will retire as the leading international scorer for both men's and women's soccer.

"While we still have more work to do for women's soccer, after bringing the World Cup back to the United States this summer, I'm feeling extremely optimistic about the future of our sport. It's been an amazing, wonderful ride, and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of my life brings," Wambach said in a statement.

NEXT: U.S. Women's Soccer Team: What Success Looks Like Now »

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