Former president in Scotland
Obama enjoys golf ahead of £2k a head dinner
Former US president Barack Obama enjoyed a game of golf in sun-soaked St Andrews today after flying into Scotland for his first ever visit.
His private jet arrived in Edinburgh around 8.30am and he was driven to the home of golf for a round with Sir Tom Hunter who is hosting a £2,000-a-head charity event in the city.
After completing the third hole, Mr Obama spoke to the crowd and shook hands with spectators who followed him around the Old course.
Funds raised from tonight’s dinner at the EICC will be split between children’s charities in Scotland and the Obama Foundation.
Security is expected to be tight in Edinburgh as police step up resources around major events in the wake of the Manchester bombing.
Sir Tom Hunter is understood to be footing the bill for Mr Obama’s speech through his Hunter Foundation but has not said how much it has cost.
Mr Obama charged $400,000 (£312,000) for a speech at a healthcare conference organised by the Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.
Comedian Kevin Bridges and the musicians Annie Lennox and Texas will provide entertainment for guests who will have a chance to win auction prizes which include two walk-on parts in the next Fantastic Beasts film from the Harry Potter franchise.
The media was largely excluded from the event, apparently because “the aim is not to raise awareness of the charity but to raise funds for charities across Scotland”.
The 120 tables cost up to £20,000 each while one was reserved for the winner of a secondary school essay-writing competition, eight of their friends and a teacher.