Although Barack Obama planned to have a one-on-one with the Texas teen arrested for bringing to school a home-made clock that resembled a bomb, clock-bomb boy Ahmed Mohamed meets the President in a different setting.
On Monday, the two had a brief encounter on the White House’s South Lawn at the second edition of Astronomy Night, an event designed to promote science and technology among teens.
Although Mohamed was supposed to bring the famous clock that got him arrested because the school and police took him for a terrorist, the boy didn’t bring the device along.
He told reporters that there was no time to stop home and grab the clock since he was returning from a meeting with Sudan’s president. After last night’s event, the boy said that he was ‘really happy’ that the U.S. president backed him so much in his days of ordeal.
“It’s really amazing that he helped me,”
Yet, critics were not very pleased with the president’s plan to meet with the Texas boy at the White House and see the (in)famous clock. A day before the Astronomy Night, press secretary Josh Earnest told press that the President wouldn’t be meeting with Ahmed, but he invited him to join hundreds of guests during the event.
The White House rejected assumptions from Ted Cruz and other presidential hopefuls that the President praises more the Muslim boy than the men and women in the law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day for the sake of their communities.
On Sunday, Cruz deemed Obama’s invitation ‘divisive’ and an offense to everybody working in the police. Earnest said that the president praises police officers and their role in protecting the community.
During the event the 14-year-old Ahmed sat in the third row and he had the opportunity to salute Obama briefly after the event. A White House spokesperson said a day before that such encounter would be ‘unlikely.’
At the White House Astronomy Night, 300 students and 11 astronauts gathered on the White House lawn to gaze the moon and stars. After delivering a short speech on the importance of pursuing a science career, Obama admired the moon through a small telescope and listened to a high school senior for NYC explaining the features on the lunar surface.
The president described the moon as “spectacular.” He also encouraged students to follow their dreams and never cease inventing and discovering. He said that he rarely had such fun on the job during his tenure.
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