SPRINGFIELD – Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Friday a bill that would make August 4th "Barack Obama Day" in Illinois.
The bill says simply,
Sec. 3. Barack Obama Day. 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 wording could have been more accurate had it said that Barack Obama chose Chicago, and specifically the home of Leftist radicals Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, as the place to launch his political career after attempting to organize the city's depressed SouthSide. And that his career was spent serving Chicago Democrats – not the "People of Illinois" – in the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate (for less than one term).
The holiday is meant to be commemorative, not a legal state holiday, in which government employees are allowed a paid day off. The other commemorative state holidays are listed here.
On the other hand, since 2002, Illinois also celebrates every February 6th "Ronald Reagan Day" noted in the same statute as
Sec. 2. Ronald Reagan Day. February 6th of each year is designated as Ronald Reagan Day, to be observed throughout the State as a day set apart to honor the 40th President of the United States of America who came from humble beginnings in Illinois and worked throughout his life serving the cause of freedom and advancing the public good.
President Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois, raised in Dixon, Illinois, attended college in Eureka, Illinois before moving to Iowa and finally to California, where he became governor and settled after his two terms as President in Washington D.C.
One more reason to leave Illinois.
This is a joke. Obama wasn’t even born in Illinois
(questionable if even in the USA.)
Will Connecticut now commemorate “home state boy” Benedict Arnold’s birthday, too?
Barack Obama had as much connection to Illinois as U.S. Grant. Weird. U.S. Grant day??!
Quite right, Observer.
A) it costs money we don’t have.
B) he stands for economic and cultural destruction.
C) his relationship with Illinois is tenuous at best. He wasn’t born or raised here, and isn’t coming back now that he’s out of office. He clearly only used Illinois as a launching point for a political career, and now that he doesn’t need us anymore, he’s gone. If were smart, we’d play down his association with Illinois, and eventually, people would blame Hawaii for him.
Hopefully they will add a Michael LaVaughn Robinson day as well.
I have hopes that Obama’s criminal activities will eventually be prosecuted.
Then his name will be anathema and will be dropped, just like Dennis Hastert’s name was pried off that building at Wheaton College.