Despite the fact that he is no longer in office, every once in a while we have to hear about former President Barack Obama. Especially this weekend, because it was his birthday. However, instead of his supporters supporting the former president in a positive way, they decided to celebrate his birthday in a negative way. Which will have President Trump supporters really upset.
According to Breitbart, Illinois residents celebrated their first annual “Barack Obama Day” on Saturday after the state legislature voted in 2017 to make the day honoring former President Barack Obama a state holiday. The bill establishing Obama’s birthday as a state holiday unanimously passed the Illinois state legislature last year, and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure into law on August 6, 2017. The legislation declared August 4 “Barack Obama Day” in the state of Illinois, but did not make the holiday an official legal holiday over concerns the state could not afford the cost of giving state employees a paid holiday.
As Reported By Fox News:
The law hailed Obama’s efforts to protect the rights of Americans and build “bridges across communities.”
“It’s incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it’s awesome, and I think we should celebrate it,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said in signing the measure into law, according to TheHill. “I don’t think it should be a formal holiday with paid, forced time off, but I think it should be a day of acknowledgment and celebration.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, wished Obama a happy birthday on Twitter, saying “57 never looked so good,” according to the publication.
So in the end, the ONE President actually from Illinois, Ronald Reagan, gets absolutely zero recognition in his home State. Likely because he is a Conservative. However, Obama’s birthday was just declared a State holiday? No one sees anything wrong with that?