It was big news last weekend: The White House responded to a petition requesting a real-life Death Star space ship. Of course, they replied, “Are you freakin’ kidding me?” (paraphrased). But they still replied, and that was pretty cool.
The Death Star petition went through the We The People page on the White House website, which required 25,000 signatures to have a petition considered. It is a pretty cool idea—that you can legitimately have a petition considered simply by collecting enough signatures.
However, the Death Star petition was the end of an era for We The People. Apparently the White House has been so flooded by petitions at the 25,000 signature level that they’ve had to raise the minimum to 100,000 John Hancocks.
Politico.com cites that in the last few weeks, the White House has also responded to petitions to secede from the union and to deport Piers Morgan.
“When we launched We the People, none of us knew how popular it would be, but it’s exceeded our wildest expectations,” writes Macon Phillips, the White House director of digital strategy. “Through the past year, interest in We the People exploded and we’re closing in on 10 million signatures. When we first raised the threshold [in 2011] — from 5,000 to 25,000 — we called it ‘a good problem to have.’
What do you think of the We The People petition campaign? If you could get 100,000 signatures for the White House, what would you petition for? A real-life AT-AT Walker?