IL kicks off annual Barack Obama Day, Aug. 4

Former President Barack Obama

President Donald Trump on Sunday touted his presidential approval numbers compared to his predecessor Barack Obama, tweeting that his administration was, "winning on just about every front and for that reason there will not be a Blue Wave, but there might be a Red Wave!"

An Illinois state law signed a year ago marks August 4 in honor of the 44th president.

The Illinois legislature previous year unanimously passed a measure establishing August 4, the former president's birthday, as a state holiday.

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An early version of the bill had pushed for the day to be a legal holiday with paid time off and closed government offices, but the final version made it a commemorative holiday. "I think it's awesome, and I think we should celebrate it", Gov. Bruce Rauner said in signing the measure into law, according to TheHill. The report cited David Mendell's book, Obama: From Promise to Power, which noted how Michelle was supposedly concerned that her future husband was "too good to be true", while also "unimpressed" when he showed up to their first date while smoking a cigarette and wearing a "bad sport jacket". "Happy birthday to my brother, my friend, @BarackObama", Biden wrote.

Moving forward, August 4, the former president's birthday, will be celebrated as "Barack Obama Day".

In the meantime, Obama's spokesperson told USA Today that he will celebrate his 57th birthday with his family in Washington D.C. today.

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