Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim teenager who was detained in his US school for building a clock that was mistaken for a bomb, was promptly invited by US President Barack Obama to pay a visit to the White House. Ahmed had also got an invite from Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “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 had tweeted.
The teen later received loads of support from across the world and was recommended for studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by some. The 14-year-old also received some gifts from tech giants like Microsoft.
Ahmed met President Obama at the White House on Astronomy Night, along with other school students, teachers, scientists, astronauts and celebrities. He was not called upon to speak. But while on a walk near the White House, the ‘Clock Boy’ was recognised by many parents and children and asked for selfies. They congratulated him for his home made clock and encouraged him to study further. (ALSO SEE: Man inciting hatred towards Muslims shooed away in Australia! – Watch video)
Ahmed Mohamed later spoke exclusively to ABC News Australia where he said he wants to bring peace to the world – that’s his aim eventually. He also talks about being a little celebrity with his own fan club!
Meanwhile, the latest update is that Ahmed is leaving the US and moving to Qatar to study further. He has left the school that suspected him of being a terrorist.
Watch this video of Ahmed Mohamed meeting Barack Obama, and talking about his experience of being a suspect bomber at school. He’s just a normal kid but it’s amazing to see how he maintains his composure and is always smiling!