LONDON -- The congratulatory telegram is so last century, the congratulatory phone call so last decade. When Michael Phelps awoke on Wednesday, he scrolled through his Twitter feed and discovered a congratulatory tweet from President Obama.
"Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record," Obama tweeted. "You’ve made your country proud. -bo"
Phelps tweeted back: "Thank you Mr. President!! It's an honor representing the #USA !! The best country in the world!!"
Phelps then shared the tweets with his 668,000 followers. Obama has 18 million followers.
Phelps also shared the greetings from John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Donte Stallworth of the New England Patriots, former football star Desmond Howard, speed skating champion Apolo Anton Ohno, skateboarder Shaun White, singer Samantha Ronson, "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest and several professional poker players.
"I started scrolling through thousands of mentions, and I was like, man, this is a lot of things to look at," Phelps said.