Not the response you were looking for.

An official petition to the White House to construct a Death Star got the requisite number of votes to necessitate a response.  The White House opened thusly:

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?

The whole thing is hilarious.  Well-played, White House.  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • oolon

    Lets hope some literal minded aliens don’t intercept this communication. They may decide since we have the capability to build planet destroying space stations but not the will, yet, they would be better off blowing us up first :-)

  • Jacob

    I actually signed this.
    I’m honestly surprised it got an official response. :D

    • tubi

      It was easy to respond to. They seem to drag their feet, though, when it comes to the hard stuff, like pot and gays and Rick Warren.

  • WMDKitty

    Well played, indeed!

    (Have I mentioned lately how much it rocks having a fellow geek in the White House?)

  • Ani Sharmin

    I love this.

  • UsingReason

    Of course the Death star is nearing completion as we speak, they just don’t want you to know about it. Also the clone army is almost ready and soon Darth Obama will become Emperor of Earth. Right after he takes all our guns away.

    Are you all blind?