President Joe Biden spent part of his day Friday taking calls from children about their Christmas wishes on the special line dedicated to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)’s Santa Tracker, and one child’s father reportedly ended their call with the phrase “Let’s go Brandon.”
President Biden, according to CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond, replied, “Let’s go Brandon, I agree.”
“On a call with President Biden & First Lady Jill Biden intended for kids calling into NORAD to track Santa, a father ended the call by saying ‘Let’s go Brandon,” which is code for “F*** Joe Biden’
Biden replied, ‘Let’s go Brandon, I agree,'” Diamond tweeted.
On a call with President Biden & First Lady Jill Biden intended for kids calling into NORAD to track Santa, a father ended the call by saying “Let’s go Brandon,” which is code for “F*** Joe Biden”
Biden replied, “Let’s go Brandon, I agree.”
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) December 24, 2021
“Biden had just wished the father & kids a Merry Christmas for what it’s worth & spent time asking the kids what they wanted for Christmas,” Diamond added in a follow-up tweet.
Several other reporters confirmed the story, some saying that the father had said, “Merry Christmas and let’s go Brandon.”
.@POTUS and @FLOTUS ended today’s Christmas festivities with a call to NORAD’s Santa tracker. They spoke to several children and parents.
One father ended a call by saying “Merry Christmas, let’s go Brandon.” Biden responded “let’s go Brandon” back but kind of shrugged it off. pic.twitter.com/9u8egStrkZ
— Alexis Shanes (@alexisjshanes) December 24, 2021
Father on call with Joe Biden: “Merry Christmas and let’s go Brandon!”
Biden: “Let’s go Brandon, I agree.” pic.twitter.com/nCEy1E9UiP
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) December 24, 2021
“Let’s go Brandon,” as Diamond noted, has become a euphemism for the profanity “F*** Joe Biden,” beginning with a NASCAR race win from driver Brandon Brown. NBC reporter Kelli Stavast, speaking to Brown after the race, claimed that spectators who were chanting the more colorful “F*** Joe Biden” were actually saying “Let’s go Brandon” — and Biden critics everywhere quickly adopted the more palatable phrase as both an insult to Biden and a criticism of media for trying to hide anything that reflected poorly on the White House.
Brown has since spoken out about the fact that his name has become a meme, saying, “Let’s go America” instead.
As the Daily Wire reported:
“I am fully aware that the millions of Americans chanting my name know little about me or about my winning the Talladega race that day. But I have spent the last few weeks getting to know more about them, and I’d like to share a little more about myself,” Brown wrote.
Brown noted he is not strongly political and has no intention of telling people how to vote in elections.
“I have no interest in leading some political fight. I race cars. I am not going to endorse anyone, and I am certainly not going to tell anyone how to vote,” he said.
“But I’m also no longer going to be silent about the situation I find myself in, and why millions of Americans are chanting my name. I hear them, even if Washington does not,” Brown added.
Despite the declaration, Brown expressed that he will not “hesitate to speak” on important issues during the upcoming racing season.
“To my fans, to NASCAR fans and to everyone who has chanted my name: I dedicate myself this upcoming season to compete hard on the racetrack and to spotlight issues that are important to me and to millions of Americans across the country,” he concluded.