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White House uses humour to kill 'Death Star' petition

Published on Jan 13, 2013 6:11 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - With the US national debt standing at more than US$16 trillion (S$19.6 trillion), the White House says it absolutely cannot spend US$850 quadrillion on a Star Wars-inspired "Death Star" super-weapon.

Sensing a chance to show off its lighter side, the Obama administration paid tribute to legions of Star Wars fans with its playful rejection of the "Death Star" proposal submitted on its "We the People" petitions website.

"The administration does not support blowing up planets," wrote Mr Paul Shawcross, an adviser on science and space to President Barack Obama, rebuffing the request to secure funding and start building a "Death Star" by 2016.

"The administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defence, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon," he said in a posting headlined: "This isn't the petition response you're looking for." The online petition had passed the 25,000 signatures needed to secure a White House response. The same website was used to try and deport British chat show host Piers Morgan over his criticism of US gun laws.

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