Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Friday establishing August 4 as “Barack Obama Day.”
The 44th president received the honor from his home state on his 56th birthday. The bill passed through both chambers of the state legislature without any dissenting votes.
“August 4th of each year is designated as Barack Obama Day, to 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 bill states.
Legislators tried to pass “Obama Day” back in March but the legislation failed by just six votes in the House. That particular bill would have made the day a legal holiday and cost Illinois taxpayers around $20 million in lost productivity, the Illinois Policy Institute reports.
Additionally, that failed legislation added costs if the holiday fell on a Sunday, so state workers would have Monday off.
Rauner told a Chicago Tribune reporter of the bill, “It’s incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it’s awesome, and I think we should celebrate it.”
He added, “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.”
In case you didn’t know it, Governor Rauner is a Republican, with both a Democratic Senate & House, so I’m thinking this was done as an obligatory move on his part, and the Dem packed Illinois state congress explains the lack of dissenting votes.
I guess if you’re dedicating a day to a former president, you have to say nice things, but in his case it was really long stretch.
“serving the People of Illinois”?? Oh, puh-leez, what did he ever do for Illinois other than return Chicago to the days of Al Capone?
“dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans”?? Oh, really? Are we talking about the same guy that inflamed racism again and brought in more illegal immigrants than in the past ten years combined??
That aside, savor this – they gave ’44’ his special day, but didn’t think he was worth a legal holiday that would cost them upwards of $20 million paid in salaries for state employees.
Some of the comments at Daily Caller made me laugh even more than a non-paid, presidential-commemorating holiday…
“April 1 would be more appropriate.”
“Do they celebrate it on the same day as the Gay Pride Parade?”
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