How People, Including President Barack Obama, Reacted to Ahmed’s Clock

Today, social media is filled with supportive messages for the American-Sudanese Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year old technology genius who wanted to impress his teachers at school with a self-made clock but got arrested instead.

The most outstanding message came from President Obama: a tweet in which he motivates Ahmed to continue practising his talent. For the president, this intelligent boy is an inspiration for other kids. Not a threat.

But also Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, expressed his empathy for Ahmed. If he ever wants to come by Facebook, he’s welcome, Zuckerberg said in his latest Facebook post.

It is sad that teachers don’t know what the passion of their students is, even though it’s pretty clear. So Izzy Galvez made a tribute to Ahmed in which she associates him rightly with N.A.S.A. instead of with terrorism.


It is clear that the issue isn’t about being protective or careful, but about deeply rooted racism and islamophobia. The problem with that is that it can damage the true potential of talented teenagers.

Even Ne-Yo supports Ahmed.

Seeing a young boy getting arrested for his talent is horrible, so it’s really heart-warming to see that many people actually do admire his talent and that he got a lot of support.

Written by Mayada Srouji

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Mayada Srouji is a 23-year-old student Gender and Diversity at the UGent and has a bachelor in Arabic and Islamic Sciences, with a minor in political and social sciences. She is interested in women rights, philosophy, literature and history.