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Most-liked tweet to viral dancing video: 10 times Obama won Twitter

Former US president Barack Obama’s tweet on Charlottesville violence has become the most liked tweet of all time.

world Updated: Aug 16, 2017 14:49 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Former US president Barack Obama’s tweet on Charlottesville violence has become the most liked tweet in the platform’s history. (AP)

Since not a week goes by without a new controversy emerging from Donald Trump’s presidency, some in the US (and the world) go back to doing what people do best: pine for the past.

Former US president Barack Obama’s tweet in response to violence in Charlottsville, Virginia, has became the platform’s most-liked post in Twitter history. In the tweet, America’s’ first African American president quotes from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion...”

He may have been the most powerful leader in the world during his eight-year tenure, but Obama managed something a little different: gaining street-cred as a pop-culture icon. From his tweets to his television appearances, the 44th president of the United States sure knew how to make a splash on social media.

Here are some of Obama’s memorable moments that made him a social media darling:

1. His first tweet after becoming America’s first black president

2. Or this picture with wife Michelle that he tweeted after winning his second term.

3. All the times he was a made-for-TV talk show guest:

Obama was the first US president to appear as a guest on the popular The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2009. He kept up the tradition by appearing on various talk shows through his presidency, including slow-jamming news with Jimmy Fallon, dancing with Ellen deGeneres or even reading out mean tweets directed at him.

Here’s a peak at him slow-jammin’ the news with a straight face, that’s been watched 14,192,525 times on YouTube:

4. His bromance with Biden that kept memesmiths busy

There are friendship goals and then there are Obama and Biden. The Democrat President’s ‘bromance’ with Joe Biden is a bond that spanned a hundred memes. Who won’t miss the easy camaraderie and the playful banter? After all, vice-president Biden was the “best decision” Obama ever made as a nominee.

5. This tongue-in-cheek exchange with Bill Clinton

When Obama got his own @POTUS44 account, former President Bill Clinton couldn’t resist asking if the handle stayed with the office. Obama’s sassy response was ‘liked’ 103,728 times.

6. When he invited Ahmed to bring his clock to the White House

When Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was detained by his teacher who mistook a clock he made for a ticking bomb, Obama won hearts by extending this very public invite to the Muslim teenager.

7. The man knew how to host a dinner

The former US president’s last White House Correspondents’ Dinner was defined by dropping the mic and casually declaring: “Obama out.” But there were jibes and hits to remember; most of all, Obama’s masterstroke was to invite comedian Keegan-Michael Key as his anger translator.

We’d let the video, which has more than 13 million hits on YouTube, do the talking.

7. A hip-hop President

Obama embraced hip-hop more than any of his predecessors. He has referenced Jay Z’s lyrics and Kanye West in speeches, released playlists on Spotify that included Nas, Chance the Rapper, Mos Def and Method Man, and was caught dancing to Drake’s “Hot Line Bling” at a White House event.

His summer playlist was retweeted 117, 188 times.

And at a televised concert celebrating the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Obama was shown rapping along when Public Enemy’s Chuck D performed ‘Fight the Power’.

But it isn’t just hip hop he’s known for. Jazz and Christmas songs feature in his list too. Here’s a mashup of Obama’s most musical moments:

8. Hanging out with the kids

Obama’s most endearing moments captured on camera are with the kids, whether it’s playfully coaxing a British Prince into shaking his hand or being shot by spiderman in the White House.

Throwback to the time this picture set Twitter aflutter:

9. Obama on vacation

Post-presidency, Obama has been spotted river rafting with his family in Indonesia, chatting on a yacht with business magnate Richard Branson in the British Virgin islands, on a trip to Palm Springs and enjoying a Tuscan holiday. Guess he needed a break after being the ‘Leader of the Free World’, but Obama’s vacation spottings were a hit on social media.

10. His last tweet as president

The presidency started with a bang on Twitter, and came full circle; his final tweet as president was liked a whopping 1.8 million times.

(With input from agencies)

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 14:07 IST