Saturday, January 12, 2013

Obama Administration Firmly Opposed to Death Star

If you ever wanted to know U.S. President Barack Obama’s stance on moon-sized superlaser-equipped space stations, a new letter from the White House’s Science and Space Branch confirms that the Obama administration “does not support blowing up planets.”

The cheeky write-up, titled “The Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For,” is in reaction to a petition calling on the construction of a Death Star for the purposes of job creation and national defense. Ewoks and Alderaanians, it seems, can rest easy for now.

In addition to affirming the administration’s staunch opposition to orbital superweapons, the letter notes that “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.” The document also poses a question that would make Grand Moff Tarkin blush: “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”

Why, indeed. For more presidential Star Wars goodness, check out the full letter by clicking here.