Obama’s Post-Charlottesville Message Becomes One Of Most ‘Liked’ Tweets In History


What is the polar opposite of the sitting president, Donald Trump? Many believe that President Barack Obama fits the bill. It took the man in the Oval Office two days to come out with a complete, but lukewarm message, about the white supremacists’ violence and murder in Charlottesville. Yet, President Obama had his powerful tweet up immediately after the neo-Nazis commited their dark deeds. The man who just left office’s message became tweet magic, one of the top liked tweets – ever.

The 44th president quoted the former South African President Nelson Mandela. President Obama has 2.45 million likes, and the numbers just keep growing. The photo with the first of the three-part tweet showed President Obama joyfully looking into a window full of toddlers was powerful. Each child had a different color of skin. This president’s tweet is on its way to becoming the most liked tweet in history. According to USA Today, President Obama tweeted:

‘”No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…

‘”People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love…

‘”…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela ‘

President Obama’s tweet was a line taken from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who spent 27 years imprisoned before becoming president of the country from 1994 to 1999.

Since he left office, President Obama has basically remained out of the political world. His last tweet before these encouraged Arizona Senator John McCain after doctors diagnosed the senator with cancer. The former man in the Oval Office wrote:

‘John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.’

Donald Trump released a tweet on August 12th, too. He wrote:

Later, Trump condemned the “many sides” for the Charlottesville violence. Many believed that his message tried to equalize the various hate groups that came armed with long guns, brass knuckles, and baseball bats and the peaceful protesters. According to USA Today, he said:

‘We all must be united and condemn all that hate stands for…on many sides.’

President Obama’s tweet has even raced past the iconic talk show host Ellen Degeneres’ 2014 Academy Awards selfie tweet.

Featured Image via President Barack Obama’s Twitter Page.