Obama’s Charlottesville tweet turns out to be most preferred in Twitter’s history
(City News) – A tweet by former Us President Barack Obama has become the most liked in the micro-blogging website Twitter’s history.
The tweet which comes in the wake of the Charlottesville incident has managed to grab the attention of millions of Twitter users as it preached tolerance and love.
According to the BBC, the tweet has been liked almost three million times since it was posted on August 12 following the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. The milestone was reached at approximately 01:07 GMT, Twitter told the BBC. It overtook a tweet posted by Ariana Grande expressing condolences after the Manchester terror attack in May.
The tweet, the first in a series of three, quoted Nelson Mandela and was accompanied by a picture of Obama smiling with a group of children from different racial backgrounds. The said tweet was retweeted by well over a million times, with the following two tweets gaining similar popularity on the social media platform.
In a series of tweets, Obama took to quoting a passage from Mandela’s autobiography, The Long Walk To Freedom.
The tweets read: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion,” the quote reads. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”
“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
The picture which accompanies the tweet shows a 2011 visit by Obama in 2011 to a day care centre in Maryland. It was taken by the then-White House photographer, Pete Souza.
The US President Donald Trump has been seen using the social media platform for posting comments that have triggered widespread controversies since his term in the presidential office began, his recent remarks following the Charlottesville incident has also earned him criticism for his caution in condemning the white supremacists. He has, since, denounced the Ku Klux Klan but also blamed “many sides” for “hatred, bigotry, and violence”.