But while Obama's response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia became the most liked tweet of all time, he lost out on first place to a relatively unknown tweeter's attempt to get free nuggets for life from Wendy's.
No. 1 was a teen seeking free Wendy's nuggets, which has been retweeted more than 3.6 million times.
Twitter has released its annual list of the most popular tweets on the platform, and in a year when so much coverage of the USA president Donald Trump has been dominated by his Twitter activity, it is his predecessor Barack Obama who dominates.
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By contrast, Mr Trump did not have a tweet that was one of the top-ten most retweeted or liked of the year despite the volume of Twitter messages he issues, often in early-morning bursts, denouncing rivals or weighing in on policy issues and current events. It was also the second-most retweeted.
One particular example was pop star Ariana Grande's heartbreaking tweet following a suicide bombing moments after her concert in Manchester, England, in May. "You made me a better leader and a better man", was another most popular tweets of 2017.
Twitter may be the preferred social media platform of President Donald Trump, but his 2017 tweets are nowhere to be found among the platform's most popular posts of the year. Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James was seventh, with a tweet that criticized President Donald Trump over his decision to rescind Stephen Curry's invitation to the White House to celebrate the Golden State Warrior's National Basketball Association championship. No world leader was tweeted about more.
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Others, including the most shared tweet of the year, expose social media's other-side-of-the-looking-glass panorama.
In what is the only video on the top 9 list, Sam Martin of the Detroit Lions sits with his dog as he promises to donate 6 lbs of dog food for every retweet to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Obama's most retweeted post, No. 2 overall, came on August 12, the day of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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