Former President Barack Obama has been out of office for a month, but his name isn't going anywhere. The young, relatively inexperienced senator from Illinois who first ran for president in 2008 with promises of hope and change delivered at least one of those things to many Americans. On the first Presidents Day since his tenure officially ended, "Obamas Day" tweets show that President Obama's legacy is fully intact.
On Monday morning, #ObamaDay took over Twitter as users celebrated the most recently retired commander in chief. The overwhelming sentiment was simple: We miss Obama. Even the more generic #PresidentsDay tweets were flooded with photos of 44th president. Clearly, a large subset of the American people were focused on one former president in particular on the holiday.
These messages of support for Obama bring his entire presidential career full circle. When he took the political world by storm in 2008, he inspired and energized his supporters like no candidate before him had done. Although his presidency was challenged by tough economic times, violent episodes in the U.S., and terrorism and conflict around the world, Obama somehow found a way to inspire and energize those supporters even into his retirement, which has also featured some uneasy times across the country. He's not the president anymore, but many Americans will still look to him as a sign of hope.
Happy Obama Day
Cheers to an iconic leader.
We Love You
Stay cool, Mr. President.
We Miss You
I wonder how Obama is celebrating today?
They made the presidency look like fun.
Obama Day celebrates a great role model.
Scenes From The Past
*Dances along in celebration of #44*
What a power couple.
Obama Day In Illinois
#obamaday in Illinois???— Terrence Moss-Malek (@the79show) February 7, 2017
I'm all for it.
I want one in California.
Illinois could soon get its very own Obama Day, as several bills have been introduced to the state legislature to turn Obama's August birthday into a holiday.
There was never a dull moment with the Obamas. You could say the same thing for President Trump, but you may mean something very different.
"Obama Day" messages were joined by several "Not My Presidents Day" rallies across the country.
Still Have Class
Put it this way: Obama would want you to get an education.
I found a close parking spot and the trains are empty. Only good thing about working today on Obama day.— Carrie Bradshaw (@s_latricee) February 20, 2017
Hope means always looking on the bright side.
The New Presidents Day
Retweet if you're not ready to let go of Obama.
Model Of Grace
Here's hoping Obama is relaxing somewhere near the water on his big day.
Yes We Can
If you ask me, I say it's time to add a new holiday to the calender:— Brian Miles (@BMilesOnline) February 20, 2017
Barack Obama day!#Yeswecan
Obama's "Yes we can!" mantra should be a powerful reminder to persevere.
In some places, Obama Day was much more than a hashtag.
God Bless America
God bless the Obamas.
As easy as it is to miss Obama, it's important to remember his message of unification.
An Unforgettable Duo
Happy President Obama day!!! pic.twitter.com/nDUuigDJJ0— Queen Lauren (@lauren_notralph) February 20, 2017
Don't forget about Biden!
You Mean Barack Obama Day
Coworker: It's President's Day.— jack (@vesaldi) February 20, 2017
Me: Oh, you mean Barack Obama day?
Spread the word, folks.
The American Dream
The contrasts between Obama and President Trump are painfully obvious.
TBH, this may have been Obama's most iconic moment in the White House.
Your Legacy Will Live On
Today we celebrate #obamaDay! We miss you but your legacy will always live on.— Janise (@godchild111) February 20, 2017
Obama's legacy can still inspire Americans.
No matter how you celebrate Presidents Day, the message behind Obama Day is really what it's all about: honoring the work of American presidents. The current president may be controversial, but the legacies of his predecessors — particularly Obama — are too important to forget. Obama's message of hope will be endlessly relevant to the American people.