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The Scots are a proud set of people. Never disrespect any part of their heritage.
From the Forth Bridge, to Edinburgh Castle; from kilts to Haggis; from the Old Firm derby to the Highland games - if it's Scottish, it's big.
So, imagine offering the former President of the United States a bottle of SUGAR FREE Irn Bru.
Barack Obama was enjoying some well-deserved 'chill' time and having a round of golf at the prestigious St Andrew's golf course (oh, sorry, may have missed that off my list of brilliant parts of Scotland).
Obama, on his first ever visit to the country, enjoyed 18-holes at the former Ryder Cup course. He was in Scotland to give a speech in front of politicians and business leaders at a charity dinner in the capital.
Of course, playing golf is thirsty work, so he was handed a bottle of Irn Bru - the sugar free version. Understandably, the Scots were not happy.
Who the hell gave Obama sugar-free Irn Bru?!?!
What treachery to all that is scottish and holy is this? https://t.co/YrmqOESdUT
- Matt Kilcoyne (@MRJKilcoyne) May 26, 2017
@JamieRoss7 @thecommongreen Is that diet? Somebody wants to make sure he never comes back.
- Gordon Crawford (@Gordon_HC) May 26, 2017
@JamieRoss7 @MhairiHunter Diet Irn Bru? Who did it, i demand their immediate arrest!?
- Kyle (@ko_oneill) May 26, 2017
Maybe Obama saw sense and told his colleagues that it was all or nothing - full fat or nothing else. We're unsure if he drank the 'made from girders' drink, as he was later pictured sipping from a bottle of Lipton ice Tea.
The iron-coloured drink didn't put him off the country however, as Obama was very complimentary of the most northern part of Great Britain. He told the press that Scotland has 'a lot to offer the world', and he promised to return.
Next time, I'm sure there'll be keen to get plenty of cans of the 'real' Irn Bru in the fridge for him.
The drink was part of a Twitter row last year when the company The Food Network UK posted a picture with the comment: "It's time for a #SoftDrinkFight! What do you think of our fizzy pop rankings?"
It saw five-tier system of 'no thanks', 'meh', '2nd class', '1st class', and 'the almighty'. Drinks such as Diet Coke and Pepsi Max ranked at the bottom, with 7up and Tango sitting in 1st class, but, as you'd expect, Irn Bru was sat in 'the almighty' classification.
It's time for a #SoftDrinkFight! What do you think of our fizzy pop rankings? pic.twitter.com/HMUcneIGST
- Food Network UK (@FoodNetwork_UK) May 26, 2016
Along with the national drink of Scotland was Dr Pepper, Lilt, and Lucozade.
People soon responded, disagreeing at many of the options. Cosmopolitan responded dropping Irn Bru down a tier.
@FoodNetwork_UK Respectfully, we disagree :-) Here's our own version. pic.twitter.com/TIUR1Wp9NY
- Cosmopolitan UK (@CosmopolitanUK) July 13, 2016
Above all though, of all the golf courses Scotland has to offer, has anybody noticed that Obama turned down the option to play at Turnberry - the golf course run by current President, Donald Trump?
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