White House responds to Death Star petition: No
January 11th, 2013
10:42 PM ET
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White House responds to Death Star petition: No

(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.

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"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.

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soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Johnny 5

    Earth IS the Death Star. A look at the history of our particular species of primate makes this evident.

    January 13, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. Herp Derp

    And in a master stroke Obama has cut more spending than every other president combined!

    January 13, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Trooper TK-421

    How can I sign up for service on board such a devastating symbol of the Empire's might, if it does not exist? We must bypass the Chancellor, and move to the Imperial Senate for this project!

    January 13, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that we would weaponize space is questionable. I would hope that we would endorse the Enterprise plan first. If we want a large mobile battlestation, that would only be able to get the ideas to make it possible after the Enterprise plan works out most of the enrivornmental systems.

    January 13, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. hitman03

    Emperor: There is a great disturbance in the force. Darth Boehner: I have felt it. Emperor: We have a new enemy, Luke Obama. Darth Boehner: He is just a boy. Obi Wan Powell can no longer help him. Emperor: He could destroy us! Darth Boehner: If he could be turned into a conservative..... Emperor: Yes...he would be a great asset. Can it be done? Darth Boehner: He will join us or die master.

    January 13, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    They need to be careful where to locate that thermal exhaust port.

    January 14, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
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