The record-breaking tweet in the series of three includes an image of Obama smiling through a window at four children, accompanied by Mandela’s words, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
The tweet quickly gained over 2 million likes by Tuesday afternoon, and on Wednesday a spokesperson from Twitter confirmed to Mashable it had become the second most liked tweet of all time.
Then on Tuesday night at approximately 10:07 p.m. ET, Obama’s tweet catapulted to the top of the Twitter totem, setting a new all-time record. The tweet netted an impressive 2,705,809 likes (and rising) at the time of writing.
The second most-liked tweet now belongs to Ariana Grande, whose 2017 after the deadly Manchester bombing attack at her concert received 2,703,448 likes. And of course, the third most-liked tweet in history goes to Ellen DeGeneres’ from 2014, with 2,418,912 likes.