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Almost 7,000 People Sign Petition Urging President Obama to Build a Death Star

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America's newest public works project. (Photo: Eye on Star Wars)

America’s newest public works project. (Photo: Eye on Star Wars)

Let’s start by saying you can make a petition for almost anything on WhiteHouse.gov, and we’re pretty sure the President never even glances at them. But apparently, over 6,800 people have signed a petition asking President Obama to start building a Death Star, the space station/super weapon from Star Wars, by 2016. And who says the Internet savvy are politically lazy?

At first glance, the petition appears to be a joke, but its creator, John D. of Longmont, Colorado, has a pretty rational reason for making the request:

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 economy could use as many new jobs as possible; why not put people to work creating a floating space weapon that can destroy earth with just one energy beam?

But for now, John D. will have to wait: the petition needs to hit 25,000 signatures before it’s considered.

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