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White House Welcomes Ahmed Mohamed

by AFP
Mandel Ngan—AFP

Mandel Ngan—AFP

Muslim teen was invited to White House after being falsely accused of making a bomb.

Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim teenager who was detained when his teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, visited the White House on Monday after a receiving a very public invite from President Barack Obama.

Mohamed joined a group of students, teachers, scientists, astronauts and celebrities, including the hosts of Myth Busters and Bill Nye, for White House Astronomy Night.

Mohamed had hoped to impress teachers by bringing a clock to his Texas school earlier this year, but was instead reported by suspicious staff who called the police. A photo of Mohamed standing in handcuffs while wearing a t-shirt with the U.S. space agency NASA’s logo was retweeted thousands of times in a matter of hours and “#IStandWithAhmed” became the top trending hashtag on Twitter.

Mohamed did, however, impress Obama, who congratulated the teen on his skills, in what was seen as a pointed rebuke to school and police officials amid accusations of Islamophobia.

“Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great,” Obama tweeted.

During remarks at Monday’s event, Obama did not mention Mohamed by name, but spoke about the need for teachers, parents and others to inspire young people. “We have to watch for and cultivate, encourage, those glimmers of curiosity and possibility, not suppress them, not squelch them,” he said.

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Rashid Ghaznavi October 20, 2015 - 8:34 pm

Woul,d John Doe would, also been arrested I f he had brought the clock? Americans with names like ahmad and Mohammad should check out the school whether it is ethnic before getting their child admitted there.


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