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.


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


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