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Barack Obama on Twitter – 2008 / 2020 analysis

Barack Obama on Twitter

Obama Twitter – A love story from the beginning

Twitter played a very important role in the two elections Barack Obama won and his Twitter activity has been always quite high. At this moment Barack Obama’s Twitter account has 112M followers and it is one of the most followed accounts of all times. In this post we will analyze his Twitter activity since he opened his account back in March 2007. We will only analyze the tweets he (or his team) sent, not the RTs he made. This is important as we are going to focus on the original tweets sent by Barack Obama. Our hashtag tracking report won’t contain retweets.

Twitter and Obama are best friends
Obama is no longer active President of the USA but he keeps tweeting actively. Here a picture he tweeted with David Stern and Michael Jordan.

If you want to see the recent tweets by Obama use our free Twitter search. Just type from:barackobama in the following search box:

How many tweets has Obama sent?

Barack Obama was president from January 20th 2009 to January 20th 2017 when Donald Trump took Office. He actively used the Presidential Twitter accounts @Potus, but also he kept his personal account active. He has sent 13,334 tweets until today (UPDATED Jan 2020) and the timeline looks like this:

Evolution of the tweets of Obama
This is how Obama tweeted during the years. Around Oct. 2012 he was tweeting the most: during his second Presidential Campaign.

The following image shows the general stats of the Tweets sent by Barack Obama.

How many tweets has Obama sent?
Obama has sent more than 13k tweets (No RTs included) and most of them contained a link but there are more than 5k tweets just with text, we like that.

How many retweets and likes have Obama’s tweets received?

Until this day, Barack Obama’s Twitter account has received millions of likes and retweets, exactly:

  • Retweets: 34,722,020.
  • Likes: 117,938,817

What is the most retweeted tweet of Obama?

Barack Obama has a tweet that until today has got over 1.6M retweets and it is also his most liked tweet. He tweeted it after the Charlottesville car attack in August 2017:

Just as a comparison, current President at that time (Donald Trump) got 50k retweets when tweeting about the attack:

This post is about Barack Obama but we have analyzed as well the Twitter activity of Donald Trump. There are some interesting facts on that analysis as well.

Here is a list of the TOP 10 tweets sent by Barack Obama

DateTweetPermalinkRetweet countLikes count
13/8/2017 0:06:09“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” https://t.co/InZ58zkoAmhttps://www.twitter.com/user/status/89652323209807872015980514397779
7/11/2012 4:16:18Four more years. http://t.co/bAJE6Vomhttps://www.twitter.com/user/status/266031293945503744858653579477
20/11/2017 19:02:11ME: Joe, about halfway through the speech, I’m gonna wish you a happy birth–
BIDEN: IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!
ME: Joe.Happy birthday to @JoeBiden, my brother and the best vice president anybody could have. https://t.co/sKbXjNiEjH
https://www.twitter.com/user/status/9326855228200427544608661912766
13/8/2017 0:06:27“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love…”https://www.twitter.com/user/status/8965233048732385284595801508138
22/2/2018 16:00:44Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We’ve been waiting for you. And we’ve got your backs.https://www.twitter.com/user/status/9667043196586475534176951571689
20/9/2017 2:30:52Thinking about our neighbors in Mexico and all our Mexican-American friends tonight. Cuidense mucho y un fuerte abrazo para todos.https://www.twitter.com/user/status/9103303882199162904056541409797
20/1/2017 21:04:08Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work.https://www.twitter.com/user/status/8225503009428561933987191763972
13/8/2017 0:06:39“…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandelahttps://www.twitter.com/user/status/8965233572729118723804471345308
20/7/2017 0:49:02John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.https://www.twitter.com/user/status/8878367128225587203798141981625
2/10/2017 12:41:16Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.https://www.twitter.com/user/status/9148326551700111373616931608294

What device is Obama using on Twitter?

These are the devices Obama uses to tweet:

SourceTweets
Twitter Web Client12,176
Hootsuite488
Obama for America379
Twitter for iPhone246
Thunderclap13
Twitter Media Studio13
Instagram10
Adobe® Social5
Twitter Web App4

It is very interesting to see that most of the tweets from Obama’s Twitter account have been sent from the website, from a computer and not from a mobile device. This is understandable because it is safer to do it from a computer, in fact, now that he is not President, he mostly tweet from his iPhone.

What hashtag has Obama used the most on Twitter?

These are the hashtags Obama has used the most on Twitter. His first hashtag is related with the Act on Climate:

HashtagsTweets
#actonclimate389
#obama2012306
#sotu241
#raisethewage187
#obamacare183
#getcovered163
#doyourjob150
#opportunityforall113
#immigration100
#progress81

How many times has Obama mentioned Michelle Obama on Twitter?

If we analyze the Twitter accounts Obama has mentioned oves the years during his “Twitter life”, we see something interesting. He mentions very few people, there is only one account he’s being mentioning a lot: @ofa “Organizing For Action” which was founded right after Obama’s re-election in 2013. His wife Michelle is mentioned 54 times, here are the accounts the President mentions:

AccountMentions
@ofa296
@vp62
@obama2012
56
@michelleobama
54
@whitehouse
49
@obamacare
22
@speakerboehner
22
@obamafoundation
21
@cfpb
19
@nytimes
18

Analyze the tweets sent by Barack Obama

If you want to have a quick look on what the former president has tweeted these past days, you can. Just by typing the following command on the search box, you will get a free Twitter report with the tweets sent by Obama in the past 7 days. The search is from:barackobama: