I’M NOT SURPRISED: Ian Tuttle over at NRO explains, “Ahmed Mohamed Didn’t Build a Clock.”
[A]s Ahmed enjoys his newfound celebrity — on Monday he was a VIP at a Google science fair, and on Wednesday the family is flying to New York City, where Ahmed will be feted by United Nations dignitaries — the details of the story become, well, curiouser and curiouser. Over the weekend, a blogger at Artvoice “reverse engineered” Ahmed’s clock from media photographs. His conclusion: Somewhere in all of this – there has indeed been a hoax. Ahmed Mohamed didn’t invent his own alarm clock. He didn’t even build a clock. . . . He took apart an existing clock, and transplanted the guts into a pencil box, and claimed it was his own creation. (emphasis original) According to the blogger, Ahmed took apart this 1986 Micronta digital alarm clock, and reassembled it in this Vaultz Locking Pencil Box. . . .
And add to all this that Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan, is something of a self-appointed Islamic activist. . . .
Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, is a two-time presidential candidate (in 2010 and 2015) in his native Sudan who has an apparent penchant for publicity.
Ahmed’s actions resulted in his being invited by President Obama to the White House, to the Google Science Fair as a VIP guest, and even to him being called a “ideal student” by an MIT astrophysicist, who surprised Ahmed with a live invitation on MSNBC to tour the university.
All of this because Ahmed brought a device to school that would have easily gotten my blond-haired, non-Muslim daughter summarily expelled. The dangerousness of the progressive/liberal overreaction to “support” Ahmed’s behavior is staggering.