Obama’s tweet becomes second-most liked

Former  President Barack Obama in July.
Former President Barack Obama in July. (AP)

Why didn’t I think of that?

That’s what President Trump may be wondering after his predecessor’s post-Charlottesville tweet became the second-most “liked” tweet in the history of Twitter.

To refresh, while Trump remained mostly mum in the hours after a woman was killed during a brawl between neo-Nazis and protesters in Charlottesville, Va., former President Obama tweeted this:

The tweet, a quote from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom,” has over 2.4 million likes and over 1 million retweets.

The most-liked tweet on the social media platform — with 2.7 million likes — is Ariana Grande’s tweet following the bombing at the Manchester, England, arena where she was performing in May.


Trump’s silence on Twitter after the tragedy in Charlottesville was notable because he’s usually quick — some might say too quick — to share his thoughts via social media. For example, just a few hours after Kenneth C. Frazier, chief executive of Merck, resigned from the president’s manufacturing council Monday, Trump tweeted this: