Former United states President Barack Obama turned 57 on Saturday as Illinois government offices remained open yesterday to commemorated his birthday under a new state law.
The 44th U.S. president received birthday wishes from former first lady Michelle Obama, his wife of 25 years, and former Vice President Joe Biden, both of whom shared praise for Mr. Obama on Twitter.
“Happy birthday @BarackObama!” Mrs. Obama, 54, wrote, captioning a photo of her husband overlooking a scenic landscape. “The view is always better with you.”
Last year, the Illinois legislature passed a bill declaring Aug. 4 Barack Obama Day, to celebrate “the 44th President of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities.” This is the first year the law has been in effect.
Biden, 75, posted a selfie he took with Mr. Obama on Monday, when the two stepped out together in Washington, D.C. to grab a bite to eat at Dog Tag Bakery in the Georgetown neighborhood.
“Our lunches together were a highlight of every week at the White House. Last week’s trip to @DogTagBakery was no different,” Biden captioned the image. “Happy birthday to my brother, my friend, @BarackObama.”
John Legend, who has been on vacation with wife Chrissy Teigen and their two children in Bali. “We in Indonesia (where he lived for a few years) toasting our President.” wrote “Happy #ObamaDay,”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, wished Obama a happy birthday on Twitter, saying “57 never looked so good,” according to the publication.
Former first lady Michelle Obama also wished her husband a happy birthday on Twitter, saying, “The view is always better with you.”