If you’re keeping score at home, chalk one up for the Dark Side.
The Galactic Empire’s “PR” department has issued a response to the White House’s refusal to entertain the idea of building a Death Star.
Here’s a quote from a statement the Empire released. It’s filled with the malice and sneering superiority you’d expect from Dark Side adherents.
“It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire.“
The Empire’s response goes on to belittle the Obama administration’s excuse that building a Death Star would be too expensive and dismisses “exaggerated claims “ of a design flaw that could be exploited by a small starship like the X-Wing Luke Skywalker used to destroy the planet killer at the end of the first film saying:
“Any attacks made upon such a station — should one ever be built — would be a useless gesture.”
Of course, the real winners in this give and take are Star Wars fans, who were delighted over the weekend when the White House struck first, issuing its response to a petition posted on the administration’s We the People website.
The administration responds to the most popular petitions posted there. The one calling for a real-life Death Star got more than 34,400 signatures and is at least partly responsible for the decision to raise the response threshold to 100,000.
The petition calls for the government to begin construction of a Death Star by 2016, saying it would spur the economy, create jobs and bolster national defense.
The White House let its supporters down, but did it gently and with Star Wars informed humor. It also took the opportunity to make the case for science education. (Here’s the link to the official response).
I ran across the White House response on the wire services after arriving at work Saturday morning.
And of course, I didn’t miss using it in a newscast.
Actually, two newscasts.
And thankfully, there were no creepy Sith Lords around to Force choke me out of doing it.