(CNN) - It took no advice from the Imperial Senate to reach this conclusion: the U.S. government won't be building a Death Star.
A White House official responded Friday to an online petition on its website proposing the government turn what is “Star Wars” fiction into reality - you know, to boost the economy.
"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," the petition read.
The White House response to the out-of-this-world proposal was grounded.
"The administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon," wrote Paul Shawcross, chief of the Office of Management and Budget's Science and Space Branch.
And plus, he wrote, there is "something already floating in the sky."
"Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations," he wrote. "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."
The spherical Death Star space station was the domain of the Galactic Empire and featured a super laser with sufficient power to destroy planets.
The petition picked up over 34,400 signatures since it was posted on November 14. The White House says it responds to all petitions on its “We the People” website which reach at least 25,000 virtual signatures.
The Office of Management and Budget prepares the president's annual budget proposal and scores the costs and deficit impact of executive branch proposals. True to form, the Death Star reply included a score, or cost projection, of the project.
"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," Shawcross wrote, citing a calculation performed by students at Lehigh University's College of Business and Economics.
Also, Shawcross noted, "The administration does not support blowing up planets."
– CNN's Maggie Schneider contributed to this report.
See? Obama is just weak on defense. What's a few quadrillion when comes to our safety? We best invade Iraq again to be safe.
I'm moving forward to write the draft RFP anyway. I'm betting we can develop and deliver something within ten years for about $100B. Obviously, not through the traditional mega leaches like Boeing, Ratheon or Haliburton.
Once again the Obama administration has trampled our constitutional rights, rights given by the grace of GOD and RUSH LIMBAUGH to every white male not born in California. It is every citizens right to own a Deathstar our forefathers in their infinite wisdom decided long ago that all white males not from California not only had the right but they had the DUTY to destroy any blue planet that they feel threatend by. LONG LIVE THE EMPIRE!!!
If W was still our president, we'd build the Death Star, pay for it by cutting taxes, point it at the Middle East, and miss and blow ourselves up instead.
That was beautiful Aaron, thanks for a good laugh.
while we are at it. stop the missile defense shield which has been shown to be less effective than solendra
ITS A TRAP !!!!! We cant fight firepower of that magnitude
I've got a bad feeling about this.
This is the pinnacle of irresponsibility from Obama.
All we had to do was, mint a platinum coin, say it is worth a quadrillion dollars, and build it.
Obama is NOT for jobs.
I can just see it now... China is going to take this idea and run with it. They'll build it for only $50,000 and it will implode and become a super dwarf star giving constant light to the North Pole, in turn driving Santa and the elves crazy and ruining Christmas forever.
Thanks again China...
Do noy be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant to the power of the force
Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the force.
YES YES YES lets build it they will blow
America neeeds to avert the alien war that is coming in 200 years
BUILD THE DEATH STAR NOW
and de-regulate tacos NOW
A death star is a little excessive. I am sure a Star Destroyer class warship would suffice for now.
I you build it, Obi Wan will come...
We already have a Death Star in Washington DC called the national debt.
The US spends $650 BILLION per year on defense. That's what darkens this comedic charade. Seriously. $700 BILLION in defense each year, while some of our teachers buy their own classroom supplies. Seriously, people. Halliburton, Raytheon, Blackwater, CAE, it's got to stop, girls. No more death star. No more 1,000 new tanks. No more new bases in the Maldives. Build something constructive– the cross country train. Now.
Just be glad we didn't have 'moon base' Newt in office with this proposed....no bid military contracts, and an endless expense to funnel money into...has republican written all over it
As a lifelong NRA member I demand the right to own my own planet-killing death star as well!
These weapons, owned by individuals, are the only thing stopping tyrannical rule in the US.
Any regulation against extinction-level-event-generating weapons is a direct blow to the 2nd amendment and must be halted.
The Death Star is just another effort by the military industrial complex to bloat our defense budget even further. Anything we could accomplish with a Death Star could be accomplished much more efficiently by a few Imperial Star Destroyers, which have the advantage of being more mobile and less vulnerable to Ewoks.
Too bad, with the O b a m a administration's j o b s record, we could have used that $850,000,000,000,000,000 to produce at least 50 or so jobs.
The current administration could have at least produced 50 more jobs with that $850,000,000,000,000,000. Kinda like the stimulus....
What Obama should of done is green light the death star project and nominate Dick Cheney to chair it.