Obama Invites Ahmed Mohamed And His ‘Cool Clock’ To The White House For Astronomy Night

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday invited 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed to the White House for some stargazing next month.

The offer came two days after the Texas student, who is Muslim, was arrested at school for bringing in a homemade clock that teachers mistook for a bomb.

“Cool clock, Ahmed,” Obama tweeted. “Want to bring it to the White House?”

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.

— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015

The president reached out to Ahmed as news spread of him being handcuffed and sent to juvenile detention for bringing his invention to school. Ahmed told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that he loves robotics, so he thought it would be cool to build a clock by linking a circuit board, a power supply and a digital clock display together inside a pencil case.

His English teacher didn’t think it was so cool. The teacher confiscated it, despite Ahmed’s insistence that it was a clock. School officers interrogated him and sent him to a detention center, where they took his fingerprints and a mugshot. He was later released to his parents.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that the president specifically invited Ahmed to Astronomy Night at the White House on Oct. 19, an event that brings together students with scientists and NASA astronauts.

“It will be an opportunity to talk about science and our solar system and the universe,” Earnest said in his daily briefing. “We are hopeful that Ahmed will be right at home here.”

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