It's the first ever Barack Obama Day in IL

Illinois Celebrates First Annual 'Barack Obama Day'

August 4 is Barack Obama's birthday, and starting this year, it will double as a commemorative holiday for the 44th president.

Nancy Pelosi wrote: "Happy birthday, President @BarackObama!".

Another tweeted: "Happy #ObamaDay folks!"

The economy also grew by 4.1 percent in the second quarter, a high mark that hasn't been hit in five years, though one that was also hit during four quarters in which Obama was president.

He served in the IL state Senate from 1997 to 2005 before joining the U.S. Senate.

The message marked yet another one of the former first lady's succinct, yet heartfelt birthday greetings to her husband on social media, as she took a similar route a year ago when Barack Obama turned 56.

Last year, the Illinois legislature passed a bill declaring August 4 Barack Obama Day, to celebrate "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".

"It's incredibly proud for IL that the president came from IL".

Gov. Bruce Rauner, who signed the bill into law, talked to The Hill about the importance of honoring the former president.

Fans of former president Barack Obama - or at least critics who like seeing current President Donald Trump get roasted online - might have gotten their hopes up at what appeared to be a Twitter jab aimed at Trump by his predecessor.

Joe, on the other hand, went with a smiley and silly selfie, referencing their aforementioned recent lunch in D.C and reminiscing on their time together in the White House. "Last week's trip to Dog Tag Bakery was no different". Instead of posting a long, detailed message to celebrate the former president's birthday, Michelle kept things short and sweet with her caption.

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