White House Responds To Death Star Petition

A few weeks back we posted the news that Americans were signing a petition to make the US government to build a Death Star.

The petition received enough signatures that the White House had to issue an official response. Sadly (but predictably), that official response was, “No!” though at least the officials handling the response got into the spirit of the thing, with a statement entitled This Isn’t The Petition Response You’re Looking For.

Written by Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Star Wars-referencing response argued:

“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?”

“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.”

Okay, but can someone build some real lightsabers? That’d be cool.