Twitter Shared The Top Tweets Of The Year, And Barack Obama Had Three Of Them

"It's been the honor of my life to serve you."

If you spend any time on Twitter, you've likely noticed that former President Barack Obama has been a popular presence on the social media platform since leaving office earlier this year. On Tuesday, that popularity landed him not one, not two, but three spots on Twitter's year-end list of most popular tweets.


Twitter released the "Top 9 Most Retweeted Tweets of 2017" list on Tuesday. The top spot went to Wendy's chicken nugget fan Carter Wilkerson, who also has the most retweeted tweet of all time. But second place this year went to a poignant post from Obama in response to the violence in Charlottesville this August.

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," Obama wrote, quoting Nelson Mandela beside a photo of himself smiling at a group of children. The tweet received more than a million retweets.

Obama also took fifth place on the list, for a tweet on his presidential Twitter account quoting his farewell speech in January. "Thank you for everything," the tweet, which earned more than 800,000 retweets, reads. "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."

Another tweet from Obama's presidential account, sent on Inauguration Day, was in eighth place. "It's been the honor of my life to serve you," the tweet reads. "You made me a better leader and a better man."

Other popular tweets on the list included Ariana Grande's response to the Manchester bombing, Linkin Park's remembrance of late frontman Chester Bennington, and Detroit Lions player Sam Martin's promise to donate dog food to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Barack Obama recently shared some good Twitter advice from wife Michelle during a discussion in India. "Michelle was giving the general idea . . . don't say the first thing that pops in your head. Have a little bit of an edit function," he shared. "Think before you speak, think before you tweet."

Clearly, he knows what he's talking about.

(H/T: Newsweek)


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