It’s been a big week for young Ahmed Mohamed, the budding genius who figured out how to stuff the guts of an electric clock into a pencil case. First he got to meet with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the genocidal “Butcher of Darfur.” Talk about a childhood dream come true!
Next, the Council on American-Islamic Relations named him “The American Muslim of the Year,” apparently for going 365 days without killing anyone. Which, make no mistake, we think is a good thing – although we’re not quite sure why it deserves a trophy.
But best of all, Ahmed was finally able to make good on Barack Obama’s tweeted invitation to the White House, where he attended the 2nd annual “Astronomy Night” along with luminaries like climate change evangelist Bill Nye “The Science is Settled Dammit” Guy, and 11 astronauts who have participated in NASA’s exciting Muslim outreach program and occasionally actually gone into space thanks to Islam’s dramatic contributions to rocket science.
Well, actually the contribution wasn’t that dramatic. Centuries ago, Muslims “invented” a symbol to represent the already-existing concept of “zero” – that symbol being a simple circle (“You know – for kids!“). We’re not quite sure how this translates to putting a man on the moon, but surely the president couldn’t say it if it wasn’t true.
Interestingly, Ahmed didn’t have his (ahem) “clock” with him and he didn’t get any quality one-on-one time with Mr. Obama… no doubt because the Secret Service takes security a lot more seriously than the president wants our nation’s schools to do.
Ed Note: A day after meeting with President Obama, Ahmed Mohamed’s family announced that the CAIR-anointed “American Muslim of the Year” was leaving the country to pursue his education in Qatar. “After careful consideration of all the generous offers received,” the family said, “we would like to announce that we have accepted a kind offer from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) for Ahmed to join the prestigious QF Young Innovators Programme, which reflects the organisation’s on-going dedication to empowering young people and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity.” OK, whatever, just don’t let the door hit your clock on the way out.