The state of Illinois recently celebrated its very first Obama Day holiday, and as the day wound down, a list of Hollywood notables jumped to Twitter to celebrate the former president’s birthday.
Illinois’ Obama Day holiday is not a full-fledged holiday, of course. When the day was adopted, lawmakers made sure that no state workers would get the day off nor are they paid for the day, for instance. Further, the holiday was scheduled during the summer, and on Barack Obama’s birthday, so schools do not have to recognize it.
In effect, the day is not on the regular holiday list and was implemented more as a political sop than a real celebration. But that did not prevent Hollywood from celebrating the day and conversely lamenting the “reign of error” under President Donald Trump, Deadline Hollywood exclaimed.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, for one, jumped to Twitter to celebrate his former boss’s birthday.
Our lunches together were a highlight of every week at the White House. Last week's trip to @DogTagBakery was no different. Happy birthday to my brother, my friend, @BarackObama. pic.twitter.com/0faYjvnPW6
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 4, 2018
A long list of Hollywood stars also raced to social media to celebrate the day. Selma director Ava DuVernay tweeted out how thrilled she was to have met Barack Obama:
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 4, 2018
Singers John Legend, Janelle Monae, and Common also tweeted a note to the former president:
— COMMON (@common) August 4, 2018
Happy #ObamaDay. We in Indonesia (where he lived for a few years) toasting our President.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 4, 2018
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 4, 2017
Actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Yara Shahidi, from ABC’s Blackish, also got in on the act:
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) August 4, 2017
— Yara shahidi (@YaraShahidi) August 4, 2017
Many others also praised the former president on his birthday.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 4, 2018
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) August 4, 2018
Happy birthday @BarackObama!!
Thank you for your intellect, grace, empathy, eloquence, humor, motivation, humility, kindness, and the list goes on…
— OMAR EPPS (@omarepps) August 4, 2018
Happy birthday, @BarackObama. You busy? We could use some help.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 4, 2018
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) August 4, 2018
— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) August 4, 2018
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 4, 2018
— Amy Brenneman (@AmyBrenneman) August 4, 2018
— Julius Dr J Erving (@JuliusErving) August 5, 2018
A historic figure of great esteem
Who left a legacy of decency
Gave us hope and a sense of care
His fifty-seventh year
Happy Birthday Barack
I wish there was a way
We could have you back#ObamaDay
— Joe Morton (@JOEtheMORTON) August 5, 2018
We celebrate the best president in our lifetime! #ObamaDay
— Dirk Blocker (@DirkBlocker) August 4, 2018
— Questlove (In E flat) (@questlove) August 4, 2018
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