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Ahmed Mohamed Makes Us Proud As Nation

October 20, 2015

There is reason to find hope in the nation.  Like in so many pervious generations that hope comes from the new faces–the children.   That was the case Monday at the White House.   Like many others around the country I was perplexed about the attitude of the teacher who seemingly could only see as far as the color and faith of a child.    And like so many others I was thrilled President Obama saw the potential for a bright mind to be encouraged to pursue science and so invited him to the White House.

Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Texas boy who became a cause célèbre after he was detained and handcuffed for taking a homemade clock to school, visited the White House on Monday for its second astronomy night.

After Ahmed’s detention on Sept. 14, President Obama invited him to bring his clock to the White House. “Cool clock, Ahmed,” Mr. Obama said on Twitter, adding: “We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”

While Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said earlier on Monday that Mr. Obama did not plan to meet with Ahmed, the president did speak briefly with the boy and gave him a hug. Ahmed made his way to the front of the crowd after Mr. Obama delivered a speech.

As for the clock, Ahmed told The Dallas Morning News that he had been too busy traveling to get it and bring it with him.

Ahmed’s detention played into national debates about Islam, immigration and ethnicity. Ahmed, who called himself a tinkerer, said he had built the digital clock at his home in Irving and had taken it to school to show it to his engineering teacher. The teacher said he liked it but told him not to show it to other teachers.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. tom permalink
    October 23, 2015 8:56 AM

    There’s the problem–why there can never be any discourse on topic such as this. There is nothing I could say to convince you that my opinion of the boy and his family is not a matter of race or religion. You only want the warm simplicity which allows you to feel good and moral.

    But I’ll try:

    Considering how schools work with zero tolerance policies and little judgment, I’m not shocked that when a kid shows up at school with a device that would have encouraged the TSA to clear the terminal, that the school overreacts. If the school was overly alarmed in part because of the boy’s background, that’s their heart, not mine. But considering the recent instances of mass violence at schools, I can see why they are on edge. Last year there was a bomb threat which evacuated my school on a freezing day in late January.

    Then the family–who knows how this will play out–runs to the media to level their accusations of racism when they don’t really know that racism was involved to any measurable extent. They sought the sympathy and attention such claims typically engender. It turns out they are an activist family. The story gets even fishier when they go to visit the butcher of Darfur who really has slaughtered tens of thousands based on their ethnic or religious backgrounds. So at best, they wish for one set of sympathies to be heaped on them but will gladly enjoy the largess which is predicated on the murder, rape, and oppression of others. (ask George Cloony)

    And then there is the scholarship….Well, who gives a full 8 year scholarship to an unknown and unseen boy except to make some sort of statement? As far as making a clock? Well, the fourth-graders at the local elementary are building and programming audino robots which pick up and recycle batteries, so making a clock is certainly no big deal. Will this earn them scholarship? Lol!

    But in the end, I simply reject the way you dismiss all the complexity of this situation. You celebrate this boy and his family not because they have done anything worthy, but because of who they are. To you the most important aspect of clock boy is his ethnic background. Still, simply because I am a conservative, you just jump to one of the blanket accusations progressives always do–racist, homophobe, bigot, sexist, whatever. This is simple. You like simplicity.

    I don’t imagine this has changed your mind because your inferences are based on your own prejudices.

  2. October 22, 2015 2:12 PM

    The basis for your point of view, in my estimation, has to do with the boy’s religion. You have slimed a child. What is the point of that?

  3. tom permalink
    October 22, 2015 11:25 AM

    Clock boy and his family did what they did for profit. This is why they are scum. I don’t have time to explain why giving a monster legitimizing favorable press is despicable.

  4. October 21, 2015 8:04 PM

    Tom,

    I am sincerely taken aback. You slimed a kid!

    Take whatever position you desire about his father–who ran against someone I have called out for what the whole world knows him to be–but leave the kid out of it. He is smart and I suspect falls into the gifted category in how we rank kids in our schools. You label him due to his background as there is nothing to suggest in any way he has embraced “genocidal hate” I know folks who have traveled to Cuba and know one who has met Castro but that does make for a communist mindset.

    I am sad over your comment.

  5. tom permalink
    October 21, 2015 7:34 PM

    Lets not forget his joyous vacation in Darfur where he posed for holy pictures with the Butcher himself. His parents have already taught him to embrace genocidal hate, so what need has he of an undergraduate degree? This kid and his whole family are scam artists, frauds, and morally corrupt. I’m shocked that you would fall for it. We are so lucky to be rid of them. I’m pretty sure they will get what they deserve.

    I received no scholarships. I worked 25 hours per week during the school year and forty during the summer. Meanwhile, I learned you never embrace mass murderers or sadistic dictators.

  6. October 21, 2015 1:40 PM

    ….where he has received a full scholarship for his secondary and undergraduate education and also Ahmed’s father is a Sudanese immigrant to the U.S. and a former presidential candidate in Sudan who ran opposing al-Bashir.

    Have you ever mentioned what scholarship you received for higher education?

    Yeah…….

  7. October 21, 2015 12:15 PM

    And now the bright mind is moving to Qatar………

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