Remember a few weeks back when a petition started going around asking the White House to construct a Death Star for the U.S.? Well, it got enough signatures that the White House had to issue an official response, and though they had to say no, the way they said it is priceless.
Cleverly titled "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For," the statement, written by Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, is packed with Star Wars references, and offers a refreshingly tongue-in-cheek approach to government-sponsored planet destruction.
"The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon," he wrote. "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?"
Shawcross used the rest of the statement to tout present achievement and future plans in American science and space exploration (the International Space Station, private companies now transporting cargo to space and President Obama's hosting of White House science fairs and astronomy events) and encouraged anyone truly interested in a Star Wars-style future to consider a future career in science.
"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."
So we're not getting that Death Star, but at least we know someone in our government has a sense of humor. If you want to read the whole response (it's worth it), head over to the White House We the People petition site.
(Via We the People)