Barack Obama dispelled a playground insult of yore on Tuesday when hosting the US women's national football team.

The president told those gathered at the White House that the team who won the World Cup in July proved to the nation that "playing like a girl means you're a badass":

He went on to clarify:

Perhaps I shouldn't have used that phrase. 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 it with style.

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