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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Obama is no longer active President of the USA but he keeps tweeting actively.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 account @Potus. However,  he also 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. This is a screenshot of a Tweet Binder report.

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

Date Tweet Permalink Retweet count Likes 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/InZ58zkoAm https://www.twitter.com/user/status/896523232098078720 1598051 4397779
7/11/2012 4:16:18 Four more years. http://t.co/bAJE6Vom https://www.twitter.com/user/status/266031293945503744 858653 579477
20/11/2017 19:02:11 ME: 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/932685522820042754 460866 1912766
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/896523304873238528 459580 1508138
22/2/2018 16:00:44 Young 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/966704319658647553 417695 1571689
20/9/2017 2:30:52 Thinking 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/910330388219916290 405654 1409797
20/1/2017 21:04:08 Hi 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/822550300942856193 398719 1763972
13/8/2017 0:06:39 “…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela https://www.twitter.com/user/status/896523357272911872 380447 1345308
20/7/2017 0:49:02 John 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/887836712822558720 379814 1981625
2/10/2017 12:41:16 Michelle & 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/914832655170011137 361693 1608294

What device is Obama using on Twitter?

These are the devices Obama uses to tweet:

Source Tweets
Twitter Web Client 12,176
Hootsuite 488
Obama for America 379
Twitter for iPhone 246
Thunderclap 13
Twitter Media Studio 13
Instagram 10
Adobe® Social 5
Twitter Web App 4

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:

Hashtags Tweets
#actonclimate 389
#obama2012 306
#sotu 241
#raisethewage 187
#obamacare 183
#getcovered 163
#doyourjob 150
#opportunityforall 113
#immigration 100
#progress 81

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:

Account Mentions
@ofa 296
@vp 62
@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: