Obama has most liked tweet for 2017; Twitter-loving Trump not in top 10

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obama-and-kids-tweet.jpgTwitter may be considered President Donald Trump's domain, but it is actually his predecessor who appears to be better at leveraging the platform -- and with less effort.

Former President Barack Obama's tweet reacting to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was the most-liked tweet of 2017 and in Twitter history, according to Twitter's year-in-review, released on Tuesday. The tweet, sent from Obama's personal @BarackObama account, quotes Nelson Mandela's 1994 autobiography: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." It was also the second-most retweeted tweet of the year. (The most retweeted was about chicken nuggets.)

Trump was the year's most tweeted-about world leader and most frequently mentioned US elected official, but none of his individual tweets broke through among the most-liked or most-retweeted messages.

Another tweet from Obama reacting to Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) brain cancer diagnosis in July was the third most liked tweet of the year, behind a message from pop singer Ariana Grande:

And two more of Obama's tweets from the end of his term, from the @POTUS44 account archive of his Twitter activity as president, were also among 2017's most retweeted messages.

@POTUS44

Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe--not in my ability to create change, but in yours. 11:52 PM - Jan 10, 2017

@POTUS44

It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.

9:09 AM - Jan 20, 2017

 

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