Barack Obama to visit Edinburgh

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Former-President Barack Obama is to visit Edinburgh in his first trip to Europe since his time in office.

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President Barack Obama is to visit Edinburgh. Picture; Getty

President Barack Obama is to visit Edinburgh. Picture; Getty

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The 44th US president will address philanthropy and business leaders at a dinner in Edinburgh on May 26 at the EICC hosted by The Hunter Foundation.

It is understood that it is the President’s first visit to Scotland.

A competition is also being arranged offering one secondary school the chance to win a table at the dinner.

President Barack Obama waves as he walks through the colonnade as he departs the Oval Office for the last time. Picture; Getty

President Barack Obama waves as he walks through the colonnade as he departs the Oval Office for the last time. Picture; Getty

Sir Tom Hunter, founder of The Hunter Foundation commented; “From the South Side of Chicago to the White House has been an epic, historic journey and it will be a true honour to hear that story from the man who made that journey. We are both truly proud and delighted to be hosting the 44th President of the United States in Scotland at this event.”

Sir Tom said he is “really chuffed” Mr Obama is coming to Scotland.

The Hunter Foundation has previously arranged for US politicians and actors including Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney to come to Scotland.

“We’re always looking for really inspiring speakers to come along to Scotland, and really inspire and inform,” Sir Tom said.

“To be able to get president Obama, we’re really chuffed.”

The entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist also revealed he is planning a special surprise for the 44th US president.

He said: “President Obama loves his music, so we’re getting some interesting guests.”

President Obama has previously visited the UK and the Republic of Ireland while president.

All proceeds from the event will go to Scottish children’s charities.