The man who passed on attending the funeral of Margaret Thatcher…who returned the bust of Winston Churchill…who recently “tossed aside a long-standing ‘special relationship’ between the U.S. and Great Britain” — yes, than man, Barack Obama, now cozies up to the United Kingdom, calling her “an extraordinary partner for America.”
As the citizens of Scotland head to the polls to make an extraordinary decision — whether to secede from Great Britain and form an independent nation — the President of the United States has tweeted his vote…and the 25-word message from “-bo” has gone viral.
The UK is an extraordinary partner for America and a force for good in an unstable world. I hope it remains strong, robust and united. -bo
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 17, 2014
Obama’s taking to twitter to let the world know his feelings is, of course, nothing new. And in light of his administration’s urgent effort to gather allies for the fight against the Islamic State, to try to make nice with Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, should come as no surprise.
As for Scotland’s future, the New York Times reports:
A full result is expected by breakfast time on Friday, when Scots will learn whether their land is to embark on a era of restored sovereignty that, only a matter of years ago, seemed unlikely. The English — who form the overwhelming majority of the 60-million-plus population of the United Kingdom — have no vote in the referendum, whose result could send political and economic shock waves across the nation, which also includes Wales and Northern Ireland.
Curiously, as the website mashable.com notes:
Obama’s tweet didn’t deter Scottish supporters, who chanted his famous 2008 slogan “Yes we can!” at a pro-independence rally Wednesday.
Photo Credit: A BCD Creative | Shutterstock.com H/T: mashable.com
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