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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  • Hey Zeus Kreesto

    As a big Star Wars fan, this was awesome. Thank you White House.

  • Type “Whatever”

    If the planet was populated by Republicans, they might actually consider it.

  • Anonymous

    Barack “Death Star” Obama

    • Griz

      Or as GOP election strategists are known to call him.

      • Grayden

        Well, he IS the most powerful black man in the galaxy…

      • Strong Enough

        next to Mace Windu !

    • James

      Who apparently is quickly destroyed once he is tossed out a window…

  • sense 11

    Very Nice, I love that our President is a nerd

  • Evan

    This is hilarious. Made my day

  • Joseph Kastner

    “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”

    I don’t know. Why would you spend trillions of taxpayer dollars on something that can easily be done better within the private sector. Because you can and you believe it isn’t your money.

    • dobby

      oh shut up you idiot.

  • dobby

    ..and BTW the ‘private sector” is pretty much everything wrong with this country.

    • Austin

      You’re comments make me sad. First that you called a guy an idiot for really no reason and second that you clearly showed you don’t really know what the term “private sector” means….

      I don’t totally agree with the first guy’s comment either but your’s are just upsetting…

      • ScaredForMovies

        Well, to be fair maybe he likes the way the DMV and the Legal System run so smoothly. Universal Healthcare? Congress can’t even balance a budget. Besides, if you destroy the planet you can’t pillage its resources.

  • Strong Enough

    this is hilarious. everyone knows republicans are sith lords.

  • Northern Star

    “The Administration does not support blowing up planets.”

    No, just the Constitution, civil and religious liberty, the right of habeus corpus, the national debt, etc, etc…

    • Starkiller

      You must be fun at parties.

    • Mr. Orange

      “The White House said they aren’t building a Death Star.” “Oh really, well because I don’t the the current political party that is in power I will list many things I think they are trying to do and take away from me, even though in all actuality I’m blowing everything out of proportion and am making things very one sided, now if you excuse me, I’m going to watch The Phantom Menace.”

      • Northern Star

        Starkiller, I am indeed fun at parties… at least your mom thought so, although she had trouble standing up straight afterwards!

        Mr Orange, i don’t think shredding the constitutional freedoms and limitations of powers, not to mention passing debt onto future generations is in any way blowing everything out of proportion, read ‘The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’, the western world is perilously close to that tipping point right now…

      • Alan B

        Northern Star, your thoughts on fiscal responsibility is FASCINATING. Please continue, I am sure we are all intrigued by the political ideas of someone called ‘Northern Star’ on a film website.

  • Yoda

    Wise it is, a Death Star not to build.

  • DontBeNaive

    Too bad the petition threshold did not kick in during Cheney Bush. You know Halliburton would have been sole source contractor and it would cost 3 X 850,000,000,000,000,000!

  • bubba

    They would have had much better luck if they petitioned a Republican administration.