Did this boy hit ******* the Obama White house after he was invited to visit after arrest for a clock that looked like a another device?
He did hit the jackpot, and a lot more than just visiting the White House.
he did rather well out of it!
Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teen who was arrested and released with no charges after teachers thought his homemade clock resembled another device, has been inundated with messages of support and offers to visit the White House, the MIT astrophysics facility and the Facebook campus.
The 14-year-old's story was posted by the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday evening. By lunchtime Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama was tweeting about him.
The White House later invited Ahmed to Astronomy Night at the White House on Oct. 19 to meet some astronauts and government scientists, said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield also invited Ahmed to a science show in Toronto next month.
NASA astronaut Daniel Tani offered Ahmed the shirt off his back.
And an anonymous donor has paid for him to attend space camp at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
The tech world showed its support for Ahmed as well, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg inviting him to take a tour of the social network's Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters.
Not to be outdone, Twitter went a step further and offered him an internship.
Technology giants General Electric and Autodesk also extended invitations to the Texas teen.
Google got in on the act, too.
Top U.S. schools are singing Ahmed's praises. In an interview on MSNBC, he called the Massachusetts Institute of Technology his "dream school."
Host Chris Hayes had a surprise for him. MIT physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein joined the conversation live to invite him check out the school's astrophysics facility.
"I just want to say, you are my ideal student," she said. "A creative, independent thinker like you is the kind of person who should be becoming a physicist."
As well, Ahmed received an invitation to visit the telescope lab at the University of Texas at Austin.
At a news conference Wednesday, Ahmed said his three-day suspension from school still stands, despite the fact police didn't lay charges.
"I'm transferring schools so it doesn't matter," he said.
When asked which school he would be attending, he said "any other school."
Sep 18, 2015 |
Computers & Internet