Illinois Makes "Barack Obama Day" State Holiday

Former President Barack Obama got a special present for his birthday this year: his very own holiday. According to NBC Chicago, on Friday Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure to designate Aug. 4 as "Barack Obama Day" across the state. The holiday will be celebrated each year on Obama’s birthday beginning in 2018.

The holiday 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," Senate Bill 55 reads. 

Gov. Rauner praised the idea behind the bill earlier this year after a previous version, which would have made 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 told reporters in February. "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."

SB 55 was introduced by Sen. Emil Jones III, the son of former Senate President Emil Jones, Jr., who played a major role in launching then-state Senator Obama to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and considers himself to be the former president’s political "godfather." While several lawmakers abstained from voting on the measure, it passed both houses without a single vote against.

"Barack Obama Day" joins other commemorative holidays like Adlai Stevenson Day, Ronald Reagan Day and Jane Addams Day, for which workplaces do not close.

Local legislators also voted in July to rename part of a Chicago-area highway after their former colleague, designating the stretch of Interstate 55 from the Tri-State Tollway south to mile marker 202 near Pontiac as the "Barack Obama Presidential Expressway."

On Friday, Obama celebrated his 56th birthday, his first since leaving the White House, with Michelle Obama at Rasika West End in Washington, D.C.

Also on Friday morning, 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."


Dormouse Manthong Mon, 08/07/2017 - 01:28 Permalink

I take an Obama at least once a day, usually in the morning BEFORE I shower. Otherwise it's can be an awful mess that sticks with you for a while. It's best to get a nice WHITE washcloth in there with some actual soap so you can not only see what sort of Obama stains are left behind but also cleanse the smell of afrosheen and cocobutter and astroglide. It also helps prevent Obama stains in your drawers; who's actual female wife wants to see a skid-Obamas in their actual male husbands panties? I'm not sure this technique works in removing Obama stains from the inside of the front of your wife's boxer shorts or ring-around-the-fly-hole, though.

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Tiwin HopefulCynical Mon, 08/07/2017 - 08:49 Permalink

Headline : ZHers virtue signal fest!All the partisan hatred for a slime who did NOTHING different than the Republican BUSH before himWAR war WARtorture asset forfeitureTranny bashers unite!Ya'all should be in line to service the Great Obama. He did what no Bush could- bomb bomb kill kill torture steal watch US police kill over 1000 a year all the while keeping the fags out in San Francisco quiet.the PERFECT Republican. And you hypocrite demons KNOW it.

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Manthong Manthong Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:34 Permalink

  Oh ferchrissake… One need not be Venusian Hawking to have gotten to the truth, He was spawned in Hawaii.. real daddy was Frank Marshall Davis He is a muslim went an Indonesian grade school….. He is a Commie who likes to play golf. He is an accredited Choomster. He went to Chicago because Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers needed a communist to foist on the US He needs to be locked up,\   and the only good thing about this is that if Hillary was not so maniacal and moved to New York to run and become a Senator…………….. She could have cooled her jets for two years… …. Run for Senate in Illinois………Barack O’bummer would never have been elected.... …and she would be a retired president   ..don't think for a moment she does not know that. ..maybe the other good thing is she did not turn us into radioactive ash.  

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GUS100CORRINA Juggernaut x2 Sun, 08/06/2017 - 22:10 Permalink

This information was created during fiscal year 2012 under then President Barack Obama. Obama was the abortion president and he hated people regardless the color of their skin.  He is responsible for the deaths of MILLIONS. To honor this S.O.B. for ANYTHING just shows me HOW TRULY SICK AMERICA, especially Illinois, IS TODAY.President TRUMP is trying to FIX all the SHIT on the list below.==========25 Signs That America Is Rapidly Becoming More Like Nazi GermanyThe United States of America is becoming more like Nazi Germany every single day.  In fact, the Nazification of America is almost complete.  The parallels between Nazi Germany and the United States of today are going to absolutely shock many of you.  Most Americans simply have never learned what life was really like back in Nazi Germany.  Under Adolf Hitler, Germany was a Big Brother totalitarian police state that ruthlessly repressed freedom and individual liberty.  Under Adolf Hitler, Germany adopted socialism, dramatically increased government spending and raised taxes to astronomical levels.  Under Adolf Hitler, abortion became legal in Germany, the government took over health care and Christianity was pushed out of the public schools and out of public life.  To prove all of these points, I am going to use extensive quotes from two sources.  Kitty Werthmann was a child living a peaceful life in Austria when Hitler took over her nation.  Her eyewitness accounts about what life was like under Nazi Germany are invaluable.  In addition, I will also be quoting extensively from author Bruce Walker.  He is the author of a book entitled “The Swastika Against The Cross: The Nazi War On Christianity”, and during his years of research he has uncovered some absolutely jaw dropping stuff.  After reading the information in the rest of this article, there should be no doubt that the United States is becoming just like Nazi Germany. Nazi Germany shows us what happens when the state becomes god.  Adolf Hitler was certainly more racist than the leaders of America are today, but other than that there are very few differences between the road that Adolf Hitler led Germany down and the path that the United States is being led down.The following are 25 signs that America is rapidly becoming more like Nazi Germany….#1 Nazi Germany was a totalitarian Big Brother police state that constantly monitored everything that German citizens did.#2 Nazi officials often used their positions of power to force others to do dehumanizing things.#3 In Nazi Germany, even women and children were treated like dehumanized cattle.#4 In Nazi Germany, authorities could stop you and search you at any time and for any reason.#5 Under Adolf Hitler, there were massive increases in government spending.#6 Under Hitler, taxes were raised dramatically in order to pay for all of these social programs.#7 The economy of Nazi Germany was very highly socialized. As Ludwig Von Mises once correctly observed, the German economy under Hitler was not capitalist at all….#8 In Nazi Germany, if you conducted business outside of the socialist paradigm you were heavily punished.#9 In Nazi Germany, government regulation of business got wildly out of control.#10 Under Hitler, free market capitalism was absolutely hated. #11 In Nazi Germany, the health care system was taken over by the government.#12 Under Adolf Hitler, abortion was made “safe and legal” in Germany.#13 In Nazi Germany, killing the “defective”, the “weak” and the “disabled” was considered to be a good thing because it made the German people “stronger”.#14 In Nazi Germany, education was nationalized and God was kicked out of the schools.#15 Under Adolf Hitler, God was mocked and religion was pushed out of every corner of public life.#16 Adolf Hitler fully embraced the theory of evolution, and Darwinism provided the intellectual foundation for much of Nazism.#17 Under Adolf Hitler, the state started taking over the job of child care.#18 In Nazi Germany, it became fashionable to mock Christians and the Christian faith.#19 Under Adolf Hitler, sexual promiscuity was actually encouraged.#20 Once the Nazis took power, they rapidly implemented gun control legislation and later on they took all of the guns away from the populace.#21 Under the Nazis, large numbers of children were taken away from good families.#22 Under Adolf Hitler, society became very highly militarized.#23 In Nazi Germany, the prisons were absolutely packed.#24 Under Adolf Hitler, there was basically no freedom of speech.#25 Under Adolf Hitler, paranoia was standard operating procedure.In Nazi Germany, every citizen was a potential threat and everyone had to be constantly watched for suspicious activity.Of course the exact same thing is happening in America today.  Just about anything you do can get you labeled as a “potential terrorist” by the government.According to a new DHS report, the following are some of the beliefs and ideologies of potential terrorists….-“fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”-“anti-global”-“suspicious of centralized federal authority”-“reverent of individual liberty”-“believe in conspiracy theories”-“a belief that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack”-“a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”-“impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”-“insert religion into the political sphere”-“those who seek to politicize religion”-“supported political movements for autonomy”-“anti-abortion”-“anti-Catholic”-“anti-nuclear”And the definition of “suspicious activity” has become so broad in America that it pretty much covers 100% of us.  In 2012, the following activities are considered to be “suspicious” by the FBI….-shielding your computer screen from others-paying with cash-acting “nervous”-using multiple cell phones-requesting a specific room at a hotel-traveling with a large amount of luggage-refusing maid service at a hotel-staying in your room for too long-changing your appearanceIn addition, the U.S. government has decided that it would be a really good idea for all of us to spy on one another.  The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign looks like it could have been pulled right out of a Gestapo security handbook.But America is not supposed to be about spying on one another and reporting each other to the secret police.America is supposed to be about liberty and freedom.

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