White House Declines to Build a Death Star in Best Response to a Petition Yet

Obama 'does not support blowing up planets'

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In Adweek this week, Charlie Warzel writes about We the People, the online petition site that lets anyone propose an idea to the White House—which is obliged to respond to suggestions that get 25,000 signatures within 30 days. The model, of course, is tailor-made for pranksters—particularly, it seems, those with outlandish sci-fi dreams. Charlie mentions the petition to build a working replica of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. Now, it seems, someone else has proposed building a Death Star like the one from Star Wars. The White House has responded to the latter with a memo titled "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For," which offers a nice mix of humor and actual facts about the administration's commitment to space.

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.