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Happy Obama Day? Fans turn ex-president’s birthday into online holiday.

Watch: Obama tearfully thanks Michelle, daughters, and Bidens during farewell address

President Obama got emotional thanking his family during his farewell Tuesday evening. He especially teared up thanking his wife Michelle for taking on a role she didn't ask for, with "grace and grit." Vice President Joe Biden might have received
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President Obama got emotional thanking his family during his farewell Tuesday evening. He especially teared up thanking his wife Michelle for taking on a role she didn't ask for, with "grace and grit." Vice President Joe Biden might have received

Barack Obama turns 56 today, and fans of the former president are celebrating Obama Day online.

In Illinois, legislators voted to commemorate Aug. 4 as Barack Obama Day last spring, though it’s not a legal holiday giving state workers the day off. Obama began his political career in the Illinois State Senate. Delaware also has passed legislation designating Aug. 4 as Barack Obama Day.

There is an official Obama Day holiday, but it’s in Kenya. That holiday takes place on the second Monday of November. It began in 2008 after Obama, whose father was born in Kenya, won the U.S. presidency.

Fans of Obama, and critics of his successor, President Donald Trump, also are celebrating the former president’s birthday online, making #obamaday a trending topic on Twitter.

Of course, not everyone was on-board with the idea.

But most #obamaday posts Friday morning seemed to be positive.

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