Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Administration does not support blowing up planets

Via Daring Fireball, I rather enjoyed the official White House response to a petition demanding that the US government build a Death Star.
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
  • The 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 Administration does not support blowing up planets. [*]
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

Controversionally, the entire response rather suggests that not only do White House staffers have a sense of humour but, crucially, the Administration lets them demonstrate it in public.

Wouldn't it be nice if all politicians and companies issued such informative and yet fundamentally light-hearted pronouncements...?

* Only a cynic would opine at this point that, whilst planets might be beyond the ambitions of the US government, other countries are not.
Were someone to do that, of course, they would also need to concede that our own Parliamentarians are also not averse to bombing the shit out of foreigners.

6 comments:

Richard Allan said...

We saw this in the UK with the response to the petition to make Jeremy Clarkson the Prime Minister.

Autonomous Mind said...

Amusingly, being the Obama White House that response was probably drafted by a team of eight PRs and advisors, was the 15th draft of the reply and went through five layers of approvals before sign off.

JuliaM said...

"Controversionally, the entire response rather suggests that not only do White House staffers have a sense of humour but, crucially, the Administration lets them demonstrate it in public."

Life imitates art again. It's rather like a 'West Wing' episode!

Chris Fleming said...

Have you seen the response from the Secretary of State's Private Secretary to the BigJigs Toy Railways big for the West Coast Franchise?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/09/bigjigs_bid/

Dr Evil said...

But many Boffans gave their lives for those plans!

Anonymous said...

"We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it." UK politicians trot out this comedy gem all the time.

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