Former President Barack Obama's Tweet Including a Pete Souza Photo Is the Most Liked in History

Former President Barack Obama's Tweet Including a Pete Souza Photo Is the Most Liked in History

In responding to the events at Charlottesville, former President Barack Obama tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote and a picture taken by former White House Photographer Pete Souza. The tweet has gone on to break records, becoming the most popular of all time.

The former president has been relatively quiet on Twitter recently, but his recent post has quickly skyrocketed. As of this time, the tweet has amassed over 4 million likes and 1.5 million retweets, while continuing to grow:

Pete Souza himself also posted the photo on Instagram, commending the former president for his message and including the same Mandela quote. Souza is widely respected and lauded for his work as the White House Photographer and continues to be highly active in posting his images and issuing political commentary. Of course, this is yet another reminder of the ability of photography to connect with people and the crucial role it serves in society. His powerful work, when combined with Obama's (and Mandela's) message, seems to have resonated with many people. 

[via Washington Post]

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I've given Trump the benefit of doubt that he's just another eccentric but deep down he's surveying the situation before playing his master stroke. Now i realize he's an unbearable buffoon with verbal diarrhea

Bill Reed's picture

Yeah... lets ignore that Obama destroyed our Healthcare system which was sold to us with lies... erased our borders and doubled our debt...

... but hey... he took great staged pictures... and spoke well in front of fake Greek pillars...

Ricky Perrone's picture

Who said to ignore anything Obama has done? Trushar was simply making the same observation that over 60% of the country has made at this point

Ricky Perrone's picture

Actually as of yesterday 65% of americans have made the same observation.

William Howell's picture

Sorry bro, that’s not true, the polls, (if you believe them), are showing that this is in fact a winning issue for President Trump!

President Trump is having a rally in Phoenix AZ. sometime next week, the purpose of this rally is not to stir racial animus but, which he is one the few people to never have been heard or recorded saying anything racist, but to show incumbent Republicans, Trump knows how to play hardball, he is going to have Sen. Jeff Flake primaried. You will most likely see a return to Russia in the leftwing press in two weeks or so. Take careful note of the Democrats talking about this “issue”, they are from deep blue states.

Your healthcare system is flawed from the start. Your bills are ridiculous and only photographer's bills for advertising photography can compare with them in ridiculousness :)

Outside of the issue of pre-existing conditions, America's healthcare system was just fine before Obama ruined it. The majority of Americans that weren't insured could actually afford it but chose to spend their money on other things.

Your location is Switzerland so I have to ask, what experience do you have with America's heath care system?

"America's healthcare system was just fine before Obama ruined it." Now that is hilarious!

Since apparently you are not American either, I would ask you the same question, what is your actual experience with America's health care system?

Me and my wife visited doctors twice while visiting US for 1 month. The bills we like 10-20 times higher than we have in Switzerland (most expensive country in Europe and arguably in the World). For 3-hours of visits to 2 doctors, some blood tests and ultrasound -around $8000, for 20-minute visit to fix joints - $1200. We checked with locals and they've said that if you don't have insurance - it is pretty normal to pay something like that.

E.g. delivery of a baby in Switzerland will total around $5000 - $8000, depending on the hospital. It includes medical services and 5 days in hospital.

I would bet good money that you are making that up. I've had plenty of ultrasounds and I have looked extensively into paying for them outside of my health insurance for other reasons and they are nowhere near that expensive, not even in hospitals. I also don't know how your blood tests would contribute to such an amount. What seals it for me that your story is made up is you claiming to check with "locals" and they confirming that your costs were "pretty normal." The fact is, most Americans would have no knowledge of the pre-insurance costs of ultrasounds. I know because my health is not so good.

That aside, it is very foolish to compare healthcare costs between countries. It's a very complicated task with many variables and differences in determining costs and benefits. For example, what many foreigners like you don't realize is that America generates the majority of the world's medical and pharmaceutical research, discovery and development. Much of that is a result of the American public paying for it one way or another. And here's another thing that foreigners like you don't realize, you benefit greatly from what America achieves. You're welcome.

Strangely enough, I know one small European country which also seems to contribute slightly to pharmaceutical research and have pharmaceutical companies population density similar to human population of New York... ;)

I never said or suggested other countries don't contribute, I said "America generates the majority of the world's medical and pharmaceutical research, discovery and development."

I'm just not sure in validity of your statement, but just too lazy to check facts.

You should have just said that instead.

You probably just need more facts and solid statements in your comments. That would make discussion more grounded from both sides.

That coming from someone that admits to being "too lazy to check facts"?

Facts checking involves facts. Vague statements like "America generates the majority of the world's medical and pharmaceutical research, discovery and development" are too hard to check as they contain too many facts and none of them at the same time.

Michael Holst's picture

I'd look up how much of drug companies budgets are spent on marketing compared to R&D before you justify what it costs Americans.

I wasn't justifying the cost of any drugs.

Michael Holst's picture

you responded to his claim that costs are so high and this was in your post

"For example, what many foreigners like you don't realize is that America generates the majority of the world's medical and pharmaceutical research, discovery and development. Much of that is a result of the American public paying for it one way or another. And here's another thing that foreigners like you don't realize, you benefit greatly from what America achieves."

While the fact that drug development happens mostly in the United States is correct I don't think that it has a lot of weight against the point that our system is set up to keep costs high. Looking at the budgets drug companies operate under advertising and marketing dwarf R&D. So revenues that "The American public" are paying for don't justify the high costs. This has little to do with red/blue politics and more to do with monopolistic competition with regards to the economics of it.

The US-centrism you express to foreigners would not hold up if we weren't so willing to give those companies so much money. They only do it here because we are suckers to their system of high costs. This research could be done anywhere considering the low margins of revenue spent on R&D. We are overpaying and they like staying here because its a good deal for them. Not something I'd be so quick to brag about.

Once again, I wasn't justifying the cost of any drugs. The fact remains such companies are able to do what they do because we pay for it, and foreigners greatly benefit from that.

America also has th best medical schools and hospitals in the world. Again that's the case because we pay for it. It has nothing to do with bragging; it is simply the truth.

Michael Holst's picture

Drug companies could do the same thing in another country. They do it here because we aren't smart enough to see how BS it is that we let them charge what they do. Again looking at R&D budget vs marketing (seriously look this up) the united states are suckers.

Other countries of significance have a government healthcare system as the norm.

Once again, I have no interest in your budget/marketing diversion,

Michael Holst's picture

I wouldn't call it a diversion when it has a connection to the discussion. Unless your understanding and current opinion means everything to you and you cant change your world view, Which would be sad. Clearly you have the right to think and feel any way you'd like but not acknowledging facts because they threaten your current staunch position is willful ignorance. I'll leave you the last word as you're going to want I'm sure.

Embarrassingly classic example of completely missing the point there from Bill Reed.

Photo in header of the page is a bit red compared to original :)

Patrick Hall's picture

Dare I say it....I like the boosted image better than the original :/