Obama breaks news of election victory on Twitter


CHICAGO - It wasn’t in a speech or a statement that Barack Obama announced that he was going to be re-elected as the President of the United States.

It was through Twitter.

At 11:14 p.m. @BarackObama tweeted, “This happened because of you. Thank you.”

A few minutes later: “We’re all in this together.  That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are.  Thank you. – bo.”

And finally, along with a photo of him and Michelle Obama, the president tweeted, “Four more years.”

That last tweet is now his most re-tweeted tweet and one of the most re-tweeted tweets ever. 

Twitter would not confirm if it was the most, but just 40 minutes after posting, it had 308,705 re-tweets.

According to Twitter, after a network call of the presidential race at 11:19 p.m., there were 327,453 tweets per minute.

On Election Day itself, there were more than 20 million election related Tweets.