White House responds to a petition for a real 'Death Star'

A petition with over 34,000 signatures calling for the development of a real Star Wars-style 'Death Star' has provoked an amusing response from the White House.

Submitted under the 'We the People' online petition initiative begun under President Obama, a recent petition called for the US government to "secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016."

As the government promised that any petition with over 25,000 signatures would merit a response, there has been a statement issued by Paul Shawcross, the chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Darth Vader - owner of the original Death Star (Credit: Wenn)
The statement lists three witty main reasons for not beginning the construction of Darth Vader's favourite weapon of mass destruction:

1. "The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850 quadrillion. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it."


2. "The Administration does not support blowing up planets."


3. "Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"