The clock heard round the world won't actually be brought to the White House.
Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teen whose tinkered clock landed him in handcuffs over concerns that it looked like a bomb, will be President Barack Obama's invited guest at Monday's White House Astronomy Night, though he won't actually have the device with him.
“I’m not aware of his plans to bring the clock,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
Asked if the clock's absence was due to security concnerns, Earnest said he didn’t know.
Earnest added that Obama likely will not meet with the teen during the event.
In a tweet after the school incident, Obama praised Ahmed's tech know-how and asked if he wanted to bring the clock to the White House.
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 (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
The teen's detention spawned accusations of racism by supporters. On Sunday, Ahmed received the Council on American-Islamic Relations' "American Muslim of the Year" award.