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Barack Obama Day

Alabama's Perry County, which overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, designated the second Monday in November as Barack Obama Day.

County Commissioners passed the measure designating the holiday on November 25, 2008.  Since 2009, county offices have been closed for the annual holiday.

Perry County has 12,000 residents, most of them black. Voters in the county backed Obama by over 70 percent, while the state of Alabama as a whole gave 60 percent of its overall vote to Republican John McCain.

Alabama currently observes the standard federal holidays as well as a handful of its own that include Confederate Memorial Day in April and the June birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. It observes Martin Luther King's birthday in January, but the holiday is twinned with commemoration of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.


The Illinois General Assembly has been considering a proposed bill that would make President Barack Obama's birthday a state holiday.  If passed, it would allow schools and government offices to close on his birth date, August 4th.

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