Clock Boy: Your 15 Minutes of Fame are Up

Hey, remember just a few short months ago how news media outlets were loudly banging the outrage drum in support of poor 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, aka “Clock Kid”? If not, allow me to briefly refresh your memory:

Mohamed, then a student at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, assembled parts of an electronic clock in a pencil box and brought it to school to show his teachers. Mohammed’s alarmed English teacher thought the contraption looked like a homemade bomb, so he confiscated it and notified the school principal. Law enforcement was contacted, and Mohamed was subsequently questioned by police for 90 minutes and taken to a juvenile detention facility before being released to his parents once law enforcement officials were satisfied there had been no malicious intent.

As soon as this story of alleged Islamophobia and law enforcement overreaction broke, Progressives all across the political sphere and the Fourth Estate fell all over themselves to publicly demonstrate support for this young man. President Obama himself tweeted support (“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”) and later received the budding “engineer” at the White House. More social media love came from Hillary Clinton, Bill de Blasio, and Jimmy Fallon band-leader Questlove. There were attaboy Facebook messages from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and actor George Takei. Twitter offered Ahmed an internship. The victory lap continued with a visit to both Google and the United Nations, where he took a selfie with Turkey’s President Erdogan. CAIR gave him their “Muslim of the Year” award.

That was then.

This is now..

It seems those reporters, politicians, and other notable personages who enthusiastically trumpeted this story when it first broke now all feel as awkward as the guy who doesn’t quite know what to do with his autographed picture of Jared Fogle manhandling a Subway footlong. Seems in the months since Mohammed brought his device to school, some additional information has come to light that changes one’s perceptions a tad. As a result, sympathetic media coverage and fawning support for Clock Boy evaporated as quickly as dew on an Irving, Texas highway as we all came to learn:

  1. Young Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassen Mohamed, was not just some ordinary, hard-working immigrant, but an Islamic activist who had applauded the 9/11 attacks and unsuccessfully ran for the presidency (twice) in Sudan.
  2. The family followed up their White House engagement with a victory tour to Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
  3. The family accepted a generous gift (read: $$$) from the Qatar Foundation to pay for their relocation to the UAE AND cover the cost of Clock Boy’s tuition at the Doha Academy.
  4. The family announced last week that they are suing their former school district and Irving, Texas to the tune of five million dollars.

Maybe the President should follow-up with another tweet: “Nice hoax, Ahmed. Ya got me! LOL! Enjoy life in Qatar. BTW, your fifteen minutes of fame are now officially over.”

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