White House Petitions with less than 100,000 signatures will no longer be addressed officially by the Obama administration, according to a statement from Macon Phillips, the White House's digital strategy director.
The change was based on increased popularity of the "We the People" website, as reported by Neil Munro of the Daily Caller. According to the White House website, the popular site receives 807 signatures per hour. With some incredibly ridiculous requests being signed by over 25,000 people, such as the one requesting funding for a "Death Star," it seems like a reasonable move.
The Death Star petition said, in part,
"By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense."
It had 34,435 signatures, triggering a White House response, which was actually quite hysterical. Clearly, it was declined, and one of the reasons was, "The Administration does not support blowing up planets." If people took the process more seriously, perhaps the White House would, too.
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