FW: Pool Report 1b: More details from Women's Soccer Team reception

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From: Tierney Sneed [mailto:xxx@email.com]
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Subject: Pool Report 1b: More details from Women's Soccer Team reception

POTUS welcomed the U.S. Women's National Soccer in a packed East Room. Lots of young girls and boys in the audience, as well as some lawmakers including VP Biden (who attended the World Cup with his granddaughter and Sasha Obama) and Rep. Kathy Castro.

FIFA trophy sat on a table next to the podium.

The team entered at 11:23.

Some highlights:

(Please check pooler's quotes against the official transcript)

POTUS was introduced by Ayla Ludlow, a 13 year old from Pembroke, Massachusetts, who read a letter she wrote the president. In the letter she described her brother mocking women playing sports. "A lot of girls are better at sports than boys," she recited, getting a big applause from the audience.

When POTUS took the stage he said, "I don't know where your brother is, but this is some payback right now."

Among those on stage was U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and the team's coach Jill Ellis.

POTUS praised a number of team members individually. He congratulated forward Sidney Leroux on her recent marriage. He joked about the corn maize field shaped like the face of midfielder Megan Rapinoe.

"These champions deserve all the attention they've been receiving," he said.

He noted that a celebratory kiss forward Abby Wambach shared with her wife after the team's final World Cup victory shows "how far we've come on and off the field." He recounted how midfielder Carli Lloyd's Wikipedia page was briefly changed to describe her as President of the United States.

"By the way, the job is about to open up. What's another candidate?" POTUS said.  "I guarantee Carli Lloyd knows a lot more about being president than some of them."

This team showed America that "play like a girl means you're a badass," POTUS said.

"Let's bring home the gold in Rio," POTUS said.

Coach Ellis told POTUS he should try it for the team and presented him with a special jersey with the number 44.

POTUS posed with the team for pictures, including selfies.

Event was open press, but feel free to email your pooler for additional photos.

The team's Twitter account (@ussoccer_wnt) has great pics of the players exploring the White House.


Tierney Sneed
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