Guess the Force may not be with the White House.
Fans of the Star Wars film franchise will be disappointed in the Obama Administration’s rejection of a petition that urged the U.S. government to construct a Death Star-like structure in space.
The petition, which garnered more than 34,000 signatures via the We the People web site, which is described on the platform as, “a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country.”
We The People has generated a lot of interest recently, with a well-publicized petition to deport Piers Morgan following the CNN host’s remarks on gun control in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings.
If a petition generates more than 25,000 signatures, the White House responds. In this case, the bad news was delivered by Paul Shawcross, who leads the Science and Space branch of the Office of Management and Budget.
“This is not the petition response you’re looking for,” was how Shawcross titled his post which broke the bad news online that building an $850 trillion property in the sky isn’t a priority. Here’s an excerpt from the response:
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?
Shawcross brings some tongue-and-cheek humor to his post by concluding with the line, “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.”
At least the Administation has a sense of humor.
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