Ahmed Mohamed Makes Us Proud As Nation
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.