In a move that had many declaring the White House “won the Internet” this weekend, Paul Shacross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch, responded to a popular online petition asking the U.S. government to build a Death Star. From the response:
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?
Bonus points for the title of the response: “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For.”