The 44th president of the United States Barrack Obama is being honored by his home state of Illinois, where he began his political career in the 13th district of the Illinois State Senate.
Even before entering politics, he accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School in 1991, and afterwards began to practice law in the state.
“It’s incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it’s awesome, and I think we should celebrate it.” – Governor Rauner, speaking in an NBC interview
Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the measure and it passed both state houses unanimously. Rauner introduced the measure to honor Obama because he “dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities.” The state of Illinois, which traditionally votes blue on the electoral map, has continued to celebrate their ground-breaking politician who made it all the way to the White House.
Obama celebrated his 56th birthday on August 4th. Since leaving office, Obama has joined the proud tradition of being a statesman, speaking out on matters of government policy and occasionally tweeting his encouragement to working politicians, such as Senator John McCain upon his recent diagnosis with brain cancer. Former vice president Joe Biden joined many others in tweeting his wishes for Obama’s happy birthday.
The gesture to make Obama’s birthday in Illinois comes with perhaps a bit of defiance against the current administration, where Donald Trump and his remaining Republican support base have struggled to sabotage everything Obama ever accomplished. However, even against the hard-right backlash, moderate Republicans and old-school Conservatives have begun to push back against Trump’s extremes.
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