In his former state of Illinois, former President Obama is being awarded a new state holiday to recognize his birthday.
On Friday, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a measure declaring Aug. 4 “Barack Obama Day” in the state. According to NBC Chicago, the holiday will be celebrated and recognized for years to come on Obama’s birthday. The recognition will begin in 2018. Senate Bill 55 was reportedly passed by both state houses with no votes against it.
According to Rauner, the day is “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.”
Earlier this year, Rauner praised the idea behind the bill after a previous version failed. The previous version would have made the day a legal state holiday; 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 at the time. “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, who turned 56, celebrated his first birthday on Friday since departing from the White House. He and former First Lady Michelle Obama were spotted at Rasika West End in Washington, D.C. celebrating.
Former Vice President Joe Biden wished Obama happy birthday on Twitter Friday morning: “Your service has been a great gift to the country, and your friendship and brotherhood are a great gift to me. Happy birthday, Barack.”
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) also wished former President Barack Obama a happy birthday on Friday in a tweet that contained a slight towards current U.S. President Donald Trump.
“Happy Birthday @Barack Obama. We miss your intellect and integrity in the WH, and will continue fighting to preserve your progressive legacy,” wrote Schiff, a top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
Schiff, who’s a member of the committee probing the Trump campaign about alleged collusion with Russia, has been heavily public with his disdain towards Trump.
“With respect Mr. President, the problem is how often you watch TV, and that your comments and actions are beneath the dignity of the office,” Schiff tweeted.
Within hours of the Twitter feud between Trump and Schiff, the Democrat began cashing in. After Trump also called Schiff “biased” in the tweet, Schiff began fundraising off of the Twitter attack for his campaign.
Schiff launched a second tweet, telling followers he was “attacked” and asked donors to “chip in” to help him resist Trump: “Trump attacked me for doing my job. While he tweets, I’m resisting his damaging agenda. Chip in to stand with me.”
The site echoes Schiff’s tweet, stating: “President Trump just attacked Adam on Twitter for doing his job. Chip in to show Adam you have his back as he keeps fighting to save our healthcare and resist Trump’s agenda.”
While California lawmaker was among a number of Democrats and celebrities to wish Obama a happy 56th birthday on Friday, President Trump used his birthday wishes for the U.S. Coast Guard, which was established on August 4th back in 1790.
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