Barack Obama’s Message Following Charlottesville Becomes Most-Liked Tweet Ever

Above: Obama greets four children in Bethesda, Md (2011)
Above: Obama greets four children in Bethesda, Md (2011)

He may no longer be the President of the United States (sadly), but Barack Obama is still grabbing headlines. Apparently, when 44 isn’t vacationing with Richard Branson in the tropics, the man is out here breaking internet records. Earlier this week, Obama took to social media and sent out a message in response to the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Taking to Twitter, the president quoted anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela, and reminded his followers that no human is born with hate in their heart. The tweet quickly racked up a ton of likes and now sits at over 4 million.

Spokespeople at the social media service confirmed to news outlets earlier today that Obama’s timely response has now become the most liked tweet in the platform’s eleven-year history. Before making online waves, the post had to pass another message of love and peace to claim the title. Pop singer, Ariana Grande, initially had the most-liked tweet: a message she sent out following the tragic Manchester terrorist attack in May. That aforementioned post garnered around 2.7 million hearts.

Along with the Mandela quote, which originates from the activist’s 1994 autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, Obama shared a warm photo from his time as commander-in-chief. The picture displays Barack greeting four smiling children, and was snapped by White House photographer, Pete Souza. It was taken in June 2011 near Bethesda Maryland, where the president’s youngest daughter, Sasha, had her fourth-grade graduation ceremony.

You can like the tweet below and read the entire powerful thread.

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan is a writer from Toronto. His favourite things in the world are music, movies, and mini dachshunds. Give him a follow on Twitter at @aidandaoust, where he’ll also accept your mixtape submissions.

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