In historical writing and analysis, PRESENTISM is the introduction of present-day ideas and perspectives into depictions or interpretations of the past. I believe presentism is a form of cultural bias, and it creates a distorted understanding of the subject matter. Reading modern notions of morality into the past is committing the error of presentism. I'm well aware that historical accounts are written by people and can be slanted, so I try my hardest to present articles that are fact-based and well researched, without interjecting any of my personal opinions.
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Illinois celebrated the first state holiday for the former President's birthday, "Barack Obama Day," on August 4, 2018.
|Barack Hussein Obama photographed for Rolling Stone magazine in 2012 just before beginning his second term as president of the United States.|
The day is “set apart to honor 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.” Illinois Senate Bill 55 was passed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Republican, on August 4, 2017.
"It's incredibly proud of Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it's awesome, and I think we should celebrate it," Rauner said at the time. "I don't think it should be a formal holiday with paid, forced time off, but I think it should be a day of acknowledgment and celebration." Barack Obama Day is a commemorative holiday, but not a paid holiday so government employees continue to work.
|Barack Hussein Obama's baby picture, Circa 1961-62.|
NOTE: Perry County, Alabama, declared the second Monday of November to be Barack Obama Day.Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.