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President Obama’s Message to Scots

U.S. President Barack Obama sent a special message to the people of Scotland to mark St Andrew's Day on 30 November,2010. It is thought to be the first time an American Administration has sent such a message to mark Scotland’s national day.


The statement delivered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on behalf of the President, acknowledged the close ties between the two nations and wished Scots a joyous St Andrew’s Day.

The statement on the US Department of State website said, "Scotland's unique culture and traditions have long been admired around the world, and the special ties between our two nations date back to the founding of the United States. From Patrick Henry and John Paul Jones to Davy Crockett and Neil Armstrong, trail-blazing Scottish-Americans have helped shape the history of our country in profound ways.

“Today, the U.S. and Scotland continue to share strong ties rooted in our common ancestry, values, and interests. Our people work together on many of the most pressing challenges of our time, and both houses of the United States Congress have Friends of Scotland Caucuses to further promote friendship and co-operation between Scotland and the United States.

"I wish the people of Scotland a joyous St Andrew's Day celebration and a successful year ahead. We look forward to further deepening our friendship throughout the future."