SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — An Oregon man looking to continue a holiday tradition with his kids is finding himself making national news.
35 year old Jared Schmeck gathered his kids around the phone Friday to call NORAD’s Santa Tracker to get an update on the whereabouts of Kris Kringle.
But while on the line, he heard a message that instructed him to hold on for a message from First Lady Jill Biden.
Schmeck says he thought it would be a pre-recorded holiday greeting. Instead, he was live on the line with not only Jill Biden but President Joe Biden as well.
After receiving best wishes for a Merry Christmas from the President and First Lady, Schmeck wished them a Merry Christmas as well.
It’s what he said next that is creating a lot of controversy.
“Let’s Go Brandon!”
There first lady chuckled uncomfortably while the President replied:
“Let’s Go Brandon, I agree.”
Perhaps the President isn’t aware of the origin or meaning behind the phrase but he seemed amused by it.
The phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” became part of the national lexicon last October when fans at a NASCAR event began chanting “F**K Joe Biden” while a reporter was interviewing the winner of the race, whose name is Brandon Brown.
In order to cover, the reporter told Brown the fans were chanting “Let’s Go Brandon”.
The phrase is often used by those who wish to express their dissatisfaction with President Biden.
It’s become a bit of a cottage industry as well with the slogan printed on everything from t-shirts to stickers.
Schmeck has since told his side of the story and claims he meant no disrespect to the President.
He said he meant it in jest and doesn’t really have any ill feelings towards the Commander-in-Chief.
Schmeck tells The Oregonian/Oregon Live:
“I understand there is a vulgar meaning to ‘Lets go Brandon,’ but I’m not that simple minded, no matter how I feel about him. He seems likes he’s a cordial guy. There’s no animosity or anything like that. It was merely just an innocent jest to also express my God-given right to express my frustrations in a joking manner…I love him just like I love any other brother or sister.”
He went on to say he is not a “Trumper” but is a “free-thinking American and follower of Jesus Christ.”