Ambassador Barzun’s St. Andrew’s Day Message 2014
30 November 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Scotland as you celebrate St. Andrew’s Day on November 30.

This has been a momentous year for Scotland, with the eyes of the world very much upon you.  Whether it was the hugely successful Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, or the independence referendum, each and all have been handled with characteristic Scottish enthusiasm, courtesy, and poise.   We looked on with pride as Scotland embraced equality at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, with fondness at the warm welcome our golfers and citizens received in Gleneagles, and in admiration at the extraordinary turnout for the referendum, proof if it was ever needed of the resilience and value of democratic expression.

The United States and Scotland have a rich history of engagement and cooperation over hundreds of years, and a great many of our citizens take pride in calling themselves Scottish-Americans.  The lives of historical giants such as Andrew Carnegie, John Muir, and Adam Smith are forever woven into the story of our country.  The continuing partnership our two nations enjoy – in trade and investment, innovation and entrepreneurship, education, sport, and culture – and the constant exchanges of people and ideas across the Atlantic, will keep our relationship thriving long into the future.

I wish the people of Scotland and those of Scottish descent around the world a happy St. Andrew’s Day celebration.