Months later, State Senator Emil Jones III introduced Illinois Senate Bill 55, which designated August 4 as Barack Obama Day but did not attempt to make it an official holiday. He served two terms as president, from January 20, 2009, until January 20, 2017. The bill was signed into law on August 6, 2017, making this year the first time it's actually celebrated.
During his tenure, Obama championed marriage equality, regulated against LGBTQ-based employment discrimination, and created protections for gay and transgender students. Instead of posting a long, detailed message to celebrate the former president's birthday, Michelle kept things short and sweet with her caption.
"Our lunches together were a highlight of every week at the White House".
Barack Obama was the first Black American man to hold the position of President of the United States. It is a commemorative holiday rather than a state holiday, meaning that schools and government workplaces will stay open.
Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted a selfie of Obama and him taken last week with best wishes to "my brother". "Last week's trip to Dog Tag Bakery was no different". He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.