(Image Source: Lucas Films Ltd.)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

Despite popular demand, the Obama administration has announced it won’t be building a ‘Death Star’ anytime soon.

That’s right, I said Death Star, as in the gigantic, planet-destroying space station in the Star Wars movies.   

The idea started as a petition on the White House’s website. Those who signed it called upon the U.S. government to secure the funding and resources to begin construction on a U.S. Death Star by 2016.

The petition reads … “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 petition garnered more than 34,000 virtual signatures, well above the minimum requirement to prompt an official White House response. But the administration said while it shares the petitioners’ desire to create jobs and strengthen national defense, it will not be building a Death Star for several reasons …

  1. 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.
  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?”

Mashable says the response from the White House is the quote “best Star Wars tribute in history.”

“Never mind giving George Lucas the National Medal of Technology, as George W. Bush did; Obama would go a step further in honoring the $4 billion franchise that won our hearts in 1977 …  He [made] sure its key phrases were read into the national record for all time.” 

Although the White House shot down the idea of building a U.S. Death Star, they did say the government is supporting research to build robotic arms like the one Luke Skywalker has in the Star War movies. No word yet on personal R2D2s. 

White House Responds: Sorry, No Death Star

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Jan 12, 2013

White House Responds: Sorry, No Death Star

 

(Image Source: Lucas Films Ltd.)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

Despite popular demand, the Obama administration has announced it won’t be building a ‘Death Star’ anytime soon.

That’s right, I said Death Star, as in the gigantic, planet-destroying space station in the Star Wars movies.   

The idea started as a petition on the White House’s website. Those who signed it called upon the U.S. government to secure the funding and resources to begin construction on a U.S. Death Star by 2016.

The petition reads … “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 petition garnered more than 34,000 virtual signatures, well above the minimum requirement to prompt an official White House response. But the administration said while it shares the petitioners’ desire to create jobs and strengthen national defense, it will not be building a Death Star for several reasons …

  1. 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.
  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?”

Mashable says the response from the White House is the quote “best Star Wars tribute in history.”

“Never mind giving George Lucas the National Medal of Technology, as George W. Bush did; Obama would go a step further in honoring the $4 billion franchise that won our hearts in 1977 …  He [made] sure its key phrases were read into the national record for all time.” 

Although the White House shot down the idea of building a U.S. Death Star, they did say the government is supporting research to build robotic arms like the one Luke Skywalker has in the Star War movies. No word yet on personal R2D2s. 

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