By George Smith
Remember when you were a kid and you got into a dust-up with your best friend. For whatever reason your feelings were hurt. Remember what you did?
If you were like 98.987 percent of children (SWAG, Inc. figure), you went through these steps:
- Your ran home, probably shed a few tears, hid away and pouted and damned your “friend” to hell.
- After thinking about it for a while, you lashed out, vowing ‘friend” was never your friend, that “friend” was just playing games to win your favor because you were the best friend ever!
- Then you got on the phone and told all your other friends that you broke off your friendship and that “friend” was cut out of your life forever for being unfair and not being nice to you.
Fox News recently cut away from a speech being delivered by President Donald Trump shortly after he complained that the network isn’t treating him as fairly as it should.
While talking before the Faith & Freedom Coalition, Trump mentioned that he was watching his “favorite network” recently — and then he went off on a tangent on how this network needed to do a better job of being nice to him.
This is the behavior of a malcontent seventh grader going through the rigors of puberty, not the actions of the President of the United States of America.
Barak Obama was wrung through the news media ringer for his entire eight years in office; not a single day went by that he or members of his family or administration were unapologetically ridiculed, every single misstep blown up to gargantuan proportions, every decision questioned. You know, like President Trump, only the media roles of the news channels were reversed.
President Obama endured the constant onslaught with style, elegance and grace and Trump damns those throwing barbs to hell via Twitter and frequent rants of disconnected topics he finds personally offensive.
Due of the last three years of Trump’s Tweetapocalypse, one would assume that the current president is the Twitter champion of the Earth, having more followers than even Taylor Swift or the Kardashians. Actually the president is 12th on the list, following seven singers, YouTube, a talk show host, a soccer player and a politician.
It is to Trump’s credit that his personal account has accumulated more followers than Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Upside Down Bikini, all of whom include poses in bikinis the size of handkerchiefs. He is five spaces ahead in the Twitter cavalcade of posts of CNN, nine ahead of Bill Gates, 12 in front of the ‘fake news’ New York Times, 13ahead of the “other” Chosen One, LeBron James and 50, 51 and 52 places respectively of Kendall Jenner, Adele and Kylie Jenner.
As Yoda would say, “Impressed, I am.”
The fact that his White House Twitter moniker is 69th on the overall list is also impressive; both accounts are way ahead of Hillary Clinton, who stands at No. 76 with 24,737,768 followers.
The fact that only three politicians in the world are in the Top 100 list is impressive indeed…one from India and another one in the United States.
For the record, Trump has 61,519,682 followers; No. 20 on the list is Narendra Modi, India prime minister, has 48,302,819.
No. 1, with 107,612,796 followers is singer Katy Perry. Second on the list is another politician – Barack Obama, with 106,808,055 followers.
Barack Obama? Yes, that Barack Obama.
In the retweeting category, Obama has three of the Top 30; Trump is not in the Top 50. The single tweet with the most “likes” with over three million is a tweet by Obama was about racism in American following the violence in Charlottesville. Additionally, in 2017, Obama had four tweets in the Top 10 in the category of “likes”; Trump’s total: 0.
In the never-ending tweet storm by politicians, there is one Twitter King – former President Barak Obama.
*Note: Tweet followers, likes and retweets totals change daily. These figures from January, 2019.
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