UPDATE: Obama's Charlottesville Tweet is the Most Liked Ever
UPDATE: At 10:07 PM EST, on Tuesday evening, Barack Obama‘s tweet about Charlottesville, which quotes Nelson Mandela, officially became the most liked Tweet ever.
Twitter confirmed the achievement last night:
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 16, 2017
As of now, the tweet has more than 3 million likes and counting.
See the original story below:
The Obama tweet has gained 2.5 million likes and 1 million retweets.
Following the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, around the “Unite The Right” white supremacy rally, Barack Obama took to Twitter and posted a picture of him interacting with the three children from different backgrounds and captioned the photo with the following: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”
"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
Quoting Nelson Mandela (the line comes from the iconic revolutionary’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom), Obama’s tweet has since received 2.5 million likes and 1 million retweets, making it the second-most liked tweet of all time (first belongs to a tweet from Ariana Grande where she spoke out on the deadly bombing that occurred at her concert in England earlier this year, having 2.7 million likes).
The former POTUS recently celebrated his birthday and was honored with his very own day in the state of Illinois. “Barack Obama Day” will be celebrated across Illinois on August 4 (Obama’s birthday) every year starting in 2018. The bill states that the holiday will be “observed throughout the State as a day set apart to honor the 44th President of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities.”