I have written already of how Abraham Lincoln used to carry a volume of Burns around with him. Indeed I wrote then that Burns' passion for social justice fuelled the US leader's crusade to emancipate African-Americans.
Has President Obama read any Burns? I suspect not, but I think he would enjoy it...
The Tree of Liberty (circa 1789)
Wi' plenty o' sic trees I trow,
The warld would live in peace, man;
The sword wad help to mak a plough ,
The din o' war wad cease, man.
Like brethren in a common cause,
We'd on each other smile, man;
And equal rights and equal laws,
Wad gladden every isle man.
I would like to trawl through President Obama’s Inaugural Address and other speeches looking for parallels but the haggis is smelling good and I am being called on to mash the neeps!
It looks like a good evening. Och Aye. And we’ll tak a right guid willy waught, for auld lang syne.
Happy Burns Night!