HOMECOMING SCOTLAND 2009 INVITE TO BARACK OBAMA.
Obama receives Scots invitation
Leading politicians have invited president-elect Barack Obama to visit Scotland following his victory in the US elections.
First Minister Alex Salmond has sent his congratulations after what he described as "a victory for optimism over pessimism, for hope over fear".
He invited him to come to Scotland during the 2009 Year of Homecoming.
Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy also invited him north of the border when he makes his first visit to the UK.
He described Mr Obama's victory as an "inspiration".
"Only one generation after the civil rights movement an African-American is in the White House," he said.
"This is truly history in the making.
"This is a day that our great grandchildren will learn of and talk about."
Mr Salmond said Americans had chosen another president of Scottish descent.
Mr Obama's maternal ancestor, Edward FitzRandolph, is said to have emigrated to America in the 17th Century.
According to genealogists, his ancestry can also be traced to William the Lion, who ruled Scotland from 1165 to 1214.
The first minister said 12 US presidents had been of Scottish descent.
He told BBC Scotland Mr Obama would lead America in the right direction.read the full story...