"This team taught all America's children that playing like a girl means you're a bad ass," he said. "Perhaps I
shouldn't have used that phrase. Playing like a girl means being the best. It means drawing the largest TV audience for a soccer match -- men or women's -- in American history. It means wearing
our nation's crest on your jersey, taking yourself and your country to the top of the world. That's what American women do."
Obama's youngest daughter, Sasha, attended the 5-2 win over Japan in the final in Vancouver with Vice
President Joe Biden and his granddaughter, Maisy.
"They've inspired millions of girls to dream bigger," Obama said of the U.S. women, "and, by the way, inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important."