President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden speak with the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., via teleconference in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington, Friday, Dec. 24, 2021.
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- A parent told President Joe Biden ‘let’s go Brandon’ after Biden wished his kids a merry Christmas.
- Biden replied, “Let’s go Brandon, I agree,” and moved on.
- The phrase is popular with conservatives and is code for “Fuck Joe Biden.”
A father told President Joe Biden “let’s go Brandon” — a conservative code phrase for “fuck Joe Biden” — on Friday morning after Biden wished the man’s children a Merry Christmas and told them to be in bed by 9 p.m.
Biden allowed the Grinch-like insult to slide and replied, “Let’s go Brandon, I agree.”
You can watch a video of the exchange here:
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The father, named “Jared” according to a White House pool report, tossed the insult as the president and First Lady Jill Biden held a series of calls with families while monitoring Santa’s progress through the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center tracker.
“Santa’s really moving, man,” Biden said at the beginning of the event. “That’s a heavy sleigh, man.”.
Jared’s four children had wildly different requests for Christmas presents (one asked for a piano and another said she’d be “happy with anything”). One of his sons, named Hunter, asked for a Nintendo Switch. Jared closed out the call by saying “Merry Christmas and let’s go Brandon,” according to the pool report.
The “let’s go Brandon” phrase took off earlier this year, after a reporter apparently misheard a chant of “Fuck Joe Biden” as “let’s go Brandon” while interviewing the NASCAR driver Brandon Brown. Earlier this week, Brown told the New York Times he found the chant distracting.
Presidents wishing children a Merry Christmas is an annual tradition and typically goes by without note. The last time the event made news was in 2018, when then-President Donald quizzed a seven-year-old about whether she still believed in Santa Claus.
“Are you still a believer in Santa?” Trump asked. “‘Cause at 7, it’s marginal, right?”