A petition put up on the White House website to build a Death Star in order to create a space-superiority platform and bolster job creation reached enough signatures to elicit a response. The administration decided it was not in the peoples' best interest.
The website is designed to allow public petitions to the U.S. government and even though some are somewhat over the top, any petition that receives the required 25,000 signatures requires the administration to respond. The response was not exactly what people expected as you can see;
- 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?
We don't have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke's arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.
The also reminded the readers of the International Space Station which currently has six astronauts aboard conducting various research projects.