Daylight Video

Chances are that if you know a young girl who is involved in sports, you’ve seen this video.

Yesterday, when President Obama welcomed the World Champion U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to the White House, he echoed those sentiments.

This team taught all America’s children that ‘playing like a girl’ means you’re a badass. 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. That’s what American girls do.

And we all look forward to the day when this happens:

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60 .