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Obama tolerance tweet becomes most liked

Obama tolerance tweet becomes most liked

Obama's tweet included a photo of him greeting small children of various ethnicities at a day care center in Bethesda, Md., in 2011.

Obama also sent two additional tweets to complete the full Mandela quote, Xinhua news agency reported.

By Tuesday morning, the tweet had more than 2.4 million likes, making it the second most-liked tweet of all time.

The third most popular tweet is a selfie taken by American comedian and TV host Ellen DeGeneres during the 2014 Academy Awards.

Earlier today the Obama tweet overtook Ariana Grande's Tweet expressing grief in the immediate aftermath of the Manchester attack at her concert back in May.

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A Tuesday evening news conference in an elevator lobby at Trump Tower in Manhattan, meant to discuss Trump's plans to ramp up infrastructure spending, devolved into a combative tête-à-tête between Trump and reporters, where the 45th president doubled down on weekend remarks placing blame on "both sides" for violence at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville that left one woman dead.

In this tweet, Obama tried to teach a lesson saying that no one is born hating a people of other colour. The "Unite the Right" event was in protest of the planned removal of a Confederate statue from a park in Charlottesville, and drew a variety of racist groups including the KKK and neo-Nazis.

Mr Trump initially condemned "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", but on Tuesday bowed to mounting political pressure and spoke out against the hate groups involved. Trump, who has labeled climate change a "hoax", had promised to "cancel" the climate deal and Obama-era regulations that he said were killing jobs and industries. The quote comes from Nelson Mandela's autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom".

It was taken by the then-White House photographer, Pete Souza.

Unlike some former presidents, Barack Obama is showing no signs of completely abandoning public life.