Illinois Lawmakers Vote to Make 'Barack Obama Day' a State Holiday
Sunday, 06 Aug 2017 03:36 PM
While former President Barack Obama was celebrating his birthday on Friday, Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was signing a measure that will make his birthday, Aug. 4, a new state holiday beginning in 2018, The Hill reported.
"Barack Obama Day" will be "observed throughout the state as a day set apart to honor the 44th President of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities," the article explained.
Senate Bill 55 passed by both state houses with no votes cast against it, according to NBC Chicago.
A vote in March to make the day a legal state holiday failed. The new holiday is commemorative.
"It's incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it's awesome, and I think we should celebrate it," Rauner said earlier this year, NBC Chicago reported. "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."
Obama celebrated his 56th birthday Friday. Former Vice President Joe Biden wished him a happy birthday on Twitter.
"Your service has been a great gift to the country, and your friendship and brotherhood are a great gift to me. Happy birthday, Barack," Biden tweeted.
I'm not going to go on a rant about this. All I'm going to say is that at least it's only in Illinois, and not federal.
Also, in my opinion, no one still living should get a holiday named for them. It doesn't seem right. It seems like nothing more than glorification - especially in the case of Obama. He did nothing notable in office other than Obamacare, which is a dubious distinction at best.
Oh, and naturally the bill was unanimously passed. Any White politician who failed to vote in favor of it would instantly be labeled a racist.