Saturday marks first-ever Barack Obama Day in IL

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In 2013, Obama became the first president to include gay rights in an inaugural speech.

"Thank you, Barack Obama", tweeted Ava DuVernay.

President Donald Trump touted his approval numbers in a Sunday afternoon tweet that also pointed to the economy and military, while claiming he had "better numbers" than former President Barack Obama "by far", though he did not specify which numbers he was addressing.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama was honored in IL on Saturday as the state's first annual "Barack Obama Day" was officially kicked off.

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

The original bill would have called for schools and state offices to close.

State lawmakers unanimously passed the law previous year to designate each August 4 as a commemorative holiday to celebrate the 44th president, whose political career began in IL.

In 2017, under the leadership of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, the state's legislature unanimously voted to pass the measure.

"It's incredibly proud for IL that the president came from IL". The photo was taken last week when the pair stopped to have lunch at a Georgetown bakery.

Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for Mr. Obama, said he plans to celebrate his birthday with a family dinner in Washington on Saturday night. He captioned the image, "Our lunches together were a highlight of every week at the White House".

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