For all the attention that our current president gets for what he does on Twitter, the guy who preceded him in office managed to connect with more people on the social media platform in 2017.
Three tweets from former President Barack Obama are among the nine most retweeted tweets of the year, according to numbers released by Twitter Monday night.
Obama, from his @BarackObama feed, quoted Nelson Mandela in a tweet on Aug. 12 after a violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., left a woman dead and a nation reeling over racial tensions. The tweet, which is also the most liked in history, was retweeted 1.7 million times.
"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
While Obama’s message may have been the most important one of the year, it didn’t rise to No. 1 because, well, a guy’s gotta eat. Reno, Nev., teen Casey Wilkerson tweeted at Wendy’s in April looking for free chicken nuggets. The fast food chain told him 18 million retweets would get him free “nuggs” for a year. While he only managed 3.6 million, the restaurant hooked him up.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3
— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
Here are the rest of the top 9 from Twitter, with pleas for hurricane relief, a tribute to a deceased rocker, two Obama messages, a Donald Trump insult from an NBA star and more among the mix.
With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to help out those in need! pic.twitter.com/lodyOBE0eG
— Penn State IFC (@PennStateIFC) August 30, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
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.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) January 11, 2017
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) January 20, 2017
Leo and I are donating 6 lbs of dog food to Houston for every retweet this gets!!!! RT RT RT RT!! pic.twitter.com/bcTT905knP
— Sam (@SamMartin_6) August 31, 2017