Illinois Commemorates Barack Obama's 57th Birthday with Statewide Holiday
Our lunches together were a highlight of every week at the White House. Last week's trip to @DogTagBakery was no different. Happy birthday to my brother, my friend, @BarackObama. pic.twitter.com/0faYjvnPW6
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 4, 2018
Illinois is celebrating its first annual Barack Obama Day
Today, Barack Obama, aka The Last President, is celebrating his 57th birthday. For many, it’s a sobering reminder of why the last year and a half has felt like a fucking century. But for others, it’s a moment to join in toasting to a rare legacy.
His home state of Illinois, where he’d ascended from Chicago organizer to state senator and eventually US Senator, is holding its first annual celebration of Barack Obama Day after governor Bruce Rauner signed the measure into law two days following his 56th birthday last year.
According to The Hill, an early version of the bill called for the occasion to be commemorated as a state holiday, to which Rauner responded, “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.”
As for the president’s own born day docket, he’s already off to a good start, sharing an early celebratory lunch with right-hand-man, Joe Biden last week, (pictured above) and according to a spokeswoman, will have dinner with his family this evening in Washington, DC.