Perhaps no American politician is more associated with Twitter than President Donald Trump — but if you take a look at the most engaged tweets of 2017, you won't find him anywhere.
Former President Barack Obama, however, was responsible for three of the most retweeted tweets of 2017 and two of the most liked tweets of 2017, according to USA Today.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin,” tweeted former President Obama after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia:
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion...” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
That August tweet topped the list of most liked tweets with more than 4.6 million, and it was the second most-retweeted tweet of the year.
Two of Obama's messages sent from his POTUS account before leaving office in January also featured in the list:
Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) January 11, 2017
It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) January 20, 2017
And Obama's message of support for his former political opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), was the third most-liked tweet of the year:
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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2017
A message from NBA superstar LeBron James referring to Trump as a “bum” also made the list:
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
Other tweets featured in the list highlight tragic events that occurred in 2017. Ariana Grande's response to a bombing at her Manchester concert came in fourth on the list:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
A striking image shared by the band Linkin Park following the suicide of lead singer Chester Bennington was retweeted more than 780,000 times:
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 20, 2017
And two tweets on the list featured efforts to help hurricane relief in Houston:
Leo and I are donating 6 lbs of dog food to Houston for every retweet this gets!!!! RT RT RT RT!! pic.twitter.com/bcTT905knP
— Sam (@SamMartin_6) August 31, 2017
With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to help out those in need! pic.twitter.com/lodyOBE0eG
— Penn State IFC (@PennStateIFC) August 30, 2017
But the most retweeted tweet of 2017 was significantly more lighthearted than the rest of the list, if not slightly absurd:
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3
— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
Carter Wilkerson's plea for free chicken nuggets helped him blow past Ellen Degeneres to earn the coveted title of most retweeted tweet of all time. And of course, it also won him those 12 months of free nuggets.
Twitter as a platform has gained newfound political prominence through Trump. While his tweets may always make the news, they don't make the list of 2017's most popular tweets.