Today is Barack Obama Day, the first annual holiday in honor of the Lightbringer’s birthday.
The legislature in Obama’s former home state of Illinois passed a law last year to designate each Aug. 4 as a commemorative holiday to celebrate the 44th president, whose political career began in the Land of Lincoln. The law, signed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner (emphasis mine), takes effect this year.
Democrats had hoped to make Obama’s birthday a full legal holiday that gives state workers and others a day off with pay, but Republicans balked at the cost. The holiday is commemorative, meaning that it honors Obama without closing government offices.
Balked at the cost. Not the weird, monarchist idea. Just the cost.
Thank God the two-party system protects us from being ruled by dictators or kings.