In the past, we never knew who to blame for a president’s controversial speech or who to give the thumbs up to when they made salient points. This was because past presidents mostly read well curated words from a script. However, with the rise of social media, presidents are starting to use additional media outlets, like Twitter, to let the world know how they feel right in the thick of the moment before their emotions cool off. While it’s nice to finally know the raw thoughts of these guys before they are ultimately diluted, the era has also given us a new topic to talk about – “the top presidential tweets that went viral”.
Here we made a list of the most viral presidential tweets over the last decade. As you can probably guess, Obama and Trump will be mainly featured as they were some of the first to adopt this new form of presidential communication.
10. Barack Obama:
“It’s been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.”
We will start this list with a tweet from arguably the most globally liked president in the history of presidents, Barack Obama.
9. Donald J. Trump:
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger and powerful one than his, and my Button works!
The verbal fight and threats between president Trump and Kim Jong-un is just as famous as Trump’s legendary rise to power. At the start of 2018, Donald Trump taunted Jong-un bragging about size of his nuclear button.
8. Kim Jong-un:
“The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table. So is the button for someone to bring in more Doritos. I push that button a lot.
The North Korean leader’s response to President Donald Trump’s very public taunts are just as troubleshooting as his own.
7. Donald J. Trump:
“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old”, when I would never call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen.
Trump’s use of Twitter has become a topic of national conversation as part of his rise to political prominence. His tweets dominate news cycles and seem to shift the conversation. Whether its an attack on NFL players peacefully protesting or personal insults calling North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un names with the potential to escalate a nuclear conflict, Trump doesn’t seem to have a filter.
6. Barack Obama:
“Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire kids Luke you to like science. It’s what makes America great”
When Ahmed Mohammed, 14, was detained by his teacher who mistook a clock he made for a ticking bomb, Obama won the hearts of millions by extending this very public invitation to the 14 year old Muslim teenager.
5. Barack Obama:
“Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I am asking you to believe- not in my ability to create change, but yours”
This was his last tweet as the 44th president of the U.S. His presidency started with a bang on Twitter and came full circle with his final tweet which was liked a whooping 1.8 million times.
4. Donald J. Trump:
“How long did it take your staff of 823 to think that up- and where are your 33,000 emails you deleted?”
He shook the landscape of American politics last year, winning Republican presidential nomination as a political outsider. His eventual election to the seat of the President of the United States was nearly as shocking. Here is a throwback to one of his famous campaign tweets calling out potential issues with Hillary Clinton.
3. Barack Obama:
“Four more years”
Obama, who joined Twitter as @BarackObama in 2007, pioneered in leveraging social media, including Facebook and MySpace during his 2008 presidential bid. He scaled up his use of social media even more so in 2012 with this tweet after reelection which became the most retweeted tweet at the time.
2. Barack Obama:
“We just made history. All of this happened because you gave your time, talent and passion. All of this happened because of you.”
This was his first tweet Obama sent as the first black president and the 44th president of the United States of America. He may have been the most powerful leader in the world during his eight-year tenure, but Obama managed a little differently, also gaining street cred as a pop-culture icon.
1. Barack Obama:
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion”
Obama tweeted this after the violence during a weekend rally by white nationalists in Virginia. Quoting Nelson Mandela, has garnered the most likes and retweets in Twitter’s history, with the number topping a whopping 4.6 million likes. It was also heavily reported on by the media.
Presidential statements used to come in the form as official edicts proclaimed on formal platforms with cameras flashing away. The press would questions and look for ways to take these statements out of context for the reading/listening pleasure of their followers. These days, the conferences are boycotted, and presidents have taken to social media like bees to flowers, and the crowd favorite is Twitter. We hope you have enjoyed the most viral presidential tweets of all time. Hopefully, more presidents will get on Twitter, but will focus on positive sentiments for the nation.