Barack Obama’s Birthday Officially Celebrated As A Holiday In Illinois

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In 2017, Illinois State Representatives André Thapedi and Sonya Harper introduced a bill to designate Barack Obama Day as a state holiday.

Barack Obama turned 57-years-old on Saturday, and with that in mind, his wife, Michelle Obama, recognized his special day with a heartwarming message on Instagram. It is a commemorative holiday rather than a state holiday, meaning that schools and government workplaces will stay open. "Happy birthday to my brother, my friend, @BarackObama", Biden wrote.

John Legend, who is now in Indonesia with Chrissy Teigen, also dedicated a post to Barack. The bill was signed into law on August 6, 2017, making this year the first time it's actually celebrated.

The former president served in the IL state Senate, before joining the U.S. Senate, and ultimately serving two terms as U.S. President.

I'm confident that, together, they'll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law.

"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", Rauner added.

In the meantime, Obama's spokesperson told USA Today that he will celebrate his 57th birthday with his family in Washington D.C. today. "Last week's trip to Dog Tag Bakery was no different".

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