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.
“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.
Some legislators also balked at the idea that Obama—who made Illinois his permanent residence in 1995 and only lived in the state for ten years full time—got his own holiday while former President Ronald Reagan—who was born in the state and lived there for 21 years—never had a day in his honor. #ObamaDay became the top trending topic on Twitter Saturday afternoon, with celebrities and left-wing personalities—many of whom do not live in Illinois—celebrating Obama Day by tweeting the former president a happy birthday while bashing President Trump: Even though Obama Day is a state holiday in Illinois, a spokesperson for Obama confirmed that he would not be celebrating his birthday in the state. The spokesperson told USA Today Obama will be celebrating his birthday in Washington, DC, with his family on Saturday evening.”
But look out how some people responded,
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 4, 2018
Happy birthday, Barack Obama! We miss having a president dedicated to providing health care to all rather than stripping it away from everyone including the most vulnerable. And we also miss having a president who, you know, actually won an election. #ObamaDay
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 4, 2018
Happy Birthday, Mr. President.
The best gift we can offer is voting against hate in November, and proving we are as powerful as you've always told us we can be.#ObamaDay
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) August 4, 2018
My favorite part of #ObamaDay is knowing that Trump has to see Obama as the top trending topic almost two years after the election, as yet another reminder that he will never be loved by America as much as Obama is.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 4, 2018
It was just last year the Illinois legislature declared that President Obama’s birthday was a commemorative holiday. Now this year, the Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner officially signed the bill into law to celebrate the former president’s birthday. While it won’t be a paid holiday for any state or federal employees the bill provides so-called recognition to the former president and the work that he did. In the bill itself, it is written as “observing 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.”
Breitbart News reported,
“There was absolutely no resistance to the bill, even from Republicans, in the state legislature in Springfield, Illinois. Several lawmakers abstained from voting to implement the new holiday, but none voted against it. Gov. Rauner, though, did oppose an earlier version of the bill that made Obama’s birthday a paid holiday. In opposition to the idea of giving employees a paid day off, Rauner said, “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.”
The state of Illinois has the worst budget and pension crisis in the nation and many of the state’s vendors haven’t been paid for years. Barack Obama took up permanent residence in Illinois in 1995 and lived there until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, after which he moved to Washington and rarely returned to the state that gave him his political start. He lived in Illinois for about ten years full time. Two other presidents made Illinois their home: Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln. Unlike Barack Obama, who only used Illinois as a political stepping stone, Ronald Reagan was born in the state and spent the first 21 years of his life there. The deeply Democratic state never made Ronald Reagan’s birthday an official holiday, and this lapse is one reason some lawmakers balked at making Barack Obama’s birthday a paid state holiday. Born in Kentucky, but spending most of his life in Illinois, Abe Lincoln’s birthday has been a paid state holiday for many years.”
The best way for people to be celebrating the president’s birthday is by supporting President Trump, which people have done time and time again. That is the most surprising and effective way possible. Every day that President Trump is in office is a day worthy of celebration because no matter how far the far left try and bring former President Obama back, he is out of office and even his birthday will not bring him back. The country is better off for it and so are the American people. While President Obama never seemed to put any American first, President Trump sure has and has promised to continue to do so.
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