White House Responds to Petition to Build a Death Star in Humorous Fashion; Says the Administration Does Not Support Blowing Up Planets

     January 12, 2013

Petitions to the White House have been in the news quite a bit lately, as everything from secession to deporting a TV news personality has been submitted to the government.  One such petition, though, is making headlines not only because of its content, but because of the White House’s cheeky official response.  After drawing more than 34,000 signatures, the White House was legally obligated to respond to a petition to “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.”

Proving it has quite the sense of humor, the White House has released an official statement cleverly titled “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For” that turns down the proposal in pretty spot-on fashion.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

death-star-2Here’s a tidbit from the official response to the petition from the White House (per the official website), written by science and space administration advisor Paul Shawcross:

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

Pretty great, huh?  The response goes on to point out all the impressive efforts that are already underway to further our exploration of space, with more than a few Star Wars references thrown in for good measure.  Here’s how he wraps things up:

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

As a fellow science nut, I’d have to say I wholeheartedly agree with the White House’s conclusions.  May the Force be with us all.


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