President Obama and More Tweet Support for Texas Teen Arrested for Building Clock Mistaken for Bomb

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Ahmed Mohamed

"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, Hilary Clinton, Aziz Ansari and more took to Twitter today in support of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old student from Irving, Texas who was arrested after a showing his teacher a digital clock he had made that school officials mistook for a bomb.

The high school freshman was photographed wearing a NASA t-shirt, his arms handcuffed behind his back.

"They arrested me and told me I committed a crime of a hoax bomb," Mohamed told local news station ABC WFAA.8 after he had been released by the authorities. "It was the first time I brought an invention to school to show a teacher.

In the wake of the incident, Twitter lit up with messages of support for the aspiring engineer using the tags #ahmed and #IStandWithAhmed. Within hours, Mohamed — and his clock — had received invitations to the White House, the science show Generator in Toronto and Google Science Fair.

President Obama extended an invitation to the White House, tweeting: "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."

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted: "Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building."

Mark Zuckerberg also offered an invitation to Mohamed on Facebook, writing in a post: "If you ever want to come by Facebook, I'd love to meet you. Keep building." 

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield welcomed Mohamed to a science show in Toronto, tweeting: "I'd love you to join us for our science show Generator in Toronto on 28 Oct. There's a ticket waiting for you."

Music industry mogul and philanthropist Russell Simons also stood with Mohamed, tweeting "— stay strong little brother. you are a genius and we all support your incredible passion for innovation + technology."

Comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted with biting sarcasm, "But was Ahmed building a BLACK clock?" Meanwhile Aziz Ansari expressed his allegiance with Mohamed — and his hope that the 14-year-old might be able to help him out too, tweeting "#IStandWithAhmed cause I was once a brown kid in the south too. Plus sure he'll lead an amazing life & I'm trying to get in the bio pic game"

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