In the US The White House has an obligation to respond to a petition which reaches a certain number of votes, and one such petition has required a response.
A petition has been building for some time now to “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.” The petition has actually managed to get 34,000 signatures, and if that is not crazy enough, the White House had to respond to this petition and let those people down lightly.
The petition to actually have a Death Star built may sound crazy, but 34,000 signatures can’t be just a coincidence, and it would seem that many people out there would like the US to build a real life Death Star and have it in the Earth’s orbit. Thankfully The White House responded in a way which I presume was totally unexpected, good natured and with a brilliant and respectful sense of humour. Science and Space administration advisor Paul Shawcross wrote a statement titled: “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For”.
It begins like this:
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?
Now that is hilarious, and I doubt anyone expected the White House to respond like this, but it gets better, with even more Star Wars references:
Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.
We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.
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 Housescience 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.
Now that is brilliant! You can read the full response the official White House website.