Barack Obama reminds America what it looks like to be presidential, setting the record for the most-liked tweet ever with his response to the Charlottesville Tragedy.
NBC News reports that: “Former President Barack Obama’s response to the deadly car attack and violent protests during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday is now the most-liked tweet of all time.”
Obama posted a 3-part tweet Saturday evening quoting former South African president Nelson Mandela.
“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
The first tweet in the series included a photo of Obama with a multi-ethnic group of children.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
As NBC News reports, “The photo Obama included was taken at a daycare center in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2011 when then-White House photographer Pete Souza captured the president stopping to say hi to the children during a visit to daughter Sasha’s nearby elementary school. Souza shared the photo on Instagram later that night, thanking Obama for using it in the tweet.”
Variety reports that Obama’s tweet set the record for the most-liked tweet in Twitter’s history “at about 7:07 p.m. PT Tuesday, when it topped 2.7 million likes.” Additionally, “Obama’s Mandela tweet also became the fourth most-retweeted post ever with more than 1.16 million retweets, according to Twitter.”
Variety also reported that “Obama maintains one of the most-followed Twitter accounts (@BarackObama), with 93.3 million followers. Donald Trump, the 45th president of the U.S., has 35.9 million followers for his primary @realDonaldTrump account.”
And it’s not just Twitter. It’s no great secret that Obama consistently outsmarts and outclasses Trump, like the time he roasted Trump during the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner – which, incidentally, just might explain why Trump refused to attend the dinner this year.
There’s even photographic evidence that Trump’s not half the man Obama is when it comes to having class. Take for instance the following two photos showing the stark difference between the two men.
The first photograph shows Trump neglecting to escort his wife, Melania, down the steps of Air Force One as they arrived in Florida on Sunday, April 16th of this year to attend an Easter Service at the Episcopal Church, Bethesda-by-the-Sea, the oldest house of worship in Palm Beach. The second photo shows President Obama escorting Michelle down the steps of Air Force One as they arrived in a windy Austin, Texas, where the president gave a speech at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library for a Civil Rights Summit marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
He did it again. Not half the man. pic.twitter.com/BY4gd3UAqB
— CAŦMAN🔹 (@subzerov690) April 20, 2017
Then there are these two photos. The first photo, taken by Loren Elliot of the Tampa Bay Times, shows Trump as he walks in the rain with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi arriving at a campaign rally in Tampa on August 24, 2016.
The second photo, by Jewel Samad for Getty Images, shows Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on April 18, 2013.
Every picture tells a story. pic.twitter.com/mnD68fA8JZ
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) September 19, 2016
For his part, Trump also posted a tweet on Saturday, saying “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!” receiving a rather small response.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
To make matters worse, as Variety reports: “Trump, in a bizarre and bellicose press conference at Trump Tower earlier Tuesday, defended the white-supremacist marchers in Charlottesville. He reiterated his opinion that ‘both sides’ were to blame for the resulting violence. In addition to Heather Heyer’s slaying, the unrest led to the deaths of two Virginia State Police troopers — Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates, who died in a helicopter crash — and left dozens injured.”