Barack Hussein Obama is widely regarded as a complete egomaniac. If you look up narcissist in the dictionary, expect to see his photograph. That’s why the news he received today has been particularly devastating for the 44th President of the United States.
Earlier this week, legislation was introduced to make August 4th, Barack Obama’s birthday, an official state holiday in Illinois. However, the bill has come up 6 votes short in the Illinois House, according to The Political Insider, even though Democrats have a sizable majority in the state.
The proposed legislation would have forced state facilities and schools to close on that day every year, causing serious budget concerns.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
Republicans raised a variety of concerns, from the economic impact of closing state buildings on holidays to the “inconsistent way” presidents from Illinois are recognized. They noted that Tampico-born Republican Ronald Reagan does not have an Illinois holiday in his honor.
Still, they tried to rise above partisan differences, with several GOP members saying they could support the measure if it was changed from a state holiday to a more informal day of recognition, in which schools and state buildings would stay open. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget office estimates state holidays cost $3.2 million in personnel expenses, with another $16 million in lost productivity.
“The concept you are working on here, giving President Obama a day, I think is deserved. I think it’s appropriate, but I have a couple of questions about how we are doing it,” said Rep. Steve Andersson, R-Geneva.
Andersson said the state could not afford the budget hit given its current financial crisis, and he said he didn’t believe an official holiday was needed to recognize Obama’s impact on Illinois. Andersson contended that most state holidays have lost their true meaning, instead becoming a day more celebrated for picnics and barbecues.
Even though Obama claims to have been born in Hawaii, he has long been a native of Chicago, where his family still owns a house. He is largely expected to return there after his younger daughter finishes high school in Washington, D.C., but he will now have to do so without the fanfare of a statewide holiday to mark his birthday. Must be rough…