Obama's rejection of the petition to build a Death Star has been derided by the imperial Galactic Empire. In a message posted to the official Star Wars website on Monday, The Empire described the administration's decision as short-sighted and cowardly.
Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine's totalitarian regime from the "Star Wars" films that built the original Death Star, said that the White House's decision to refuse the petition to build a Death Star weapon of its own has served only to establish the galactic military might of the Galactic Empire.
In a statement released on Monday on the Star Wars website, The Galactic Empire said:
"The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcement by the President of the United States that his nation would not attempt to build a Death Star, despite the bellicose demands of the people of his tiny, aggressive planet."
The statement said further that Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of the Outer Rim Territories, said: “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. Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.”
The Galactic Empire's taunting response to the Obama administration comes after the White House issued a statement on Friday, January 11, that said the US government could not afford to invest $850 quadrillion in the construction of a Death Star weapon. Digital Journal reports the Obama administration also made it plain that destroying planets was not part of its foreign policy.
Digital Journal reports:
The mostly tongue-in-cheek White House response to the Death Star petition was delivered by Paul Shawcross, chief of the science and space branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget. He said that in spite of the fact that the White House "shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense," the Death Star proposal was not feasible mainly because the construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000 (quadrillion).
He explained that the administration is working to reduce the deficit, not expand it. He also said that the administration does not support blowing up planets. He asked: "Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"
The Galactic Empire's three-paragraph statement said that "Representatives on behalf of the nation-state leader from the unimaginatively named planet refused to acknowledge the obvious cowardice of their choice, preferring instead to attribute the decision to fiscal responsibility."
The statement quoted Admiral Conan Motti of the Imperial Starfleet, saying: "The costs of construction they cited were ridiculously overestimated, though I suppose we must keep in mind that this minuscule planet does not have our massive means of production."
The Galactic Empire also warned "seditious elements" within the Galactic Senate not to believe the White House's claim that there is a weakness in the Death Star design. Motti said: "Any attacks made upon such a station — should one ever be built — would be a useless gesture."
The Death Star (DS-1 Orbital Battle Station) is a moon-sized space-station and advanced weapon capable of destroying a planet with a single destructive energy beam. The weapon featured for the first time in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope."
It was built and deployed by the Galactic Empire, to "force rebel worlds into surrender under the threat of destruction."
Gizmodo comments on the exchange between the "nation-state leader from the unimaginatively named planet" and the Galactic Empire: "The response is hilarious and totally official as it's straight from StarWars.com. Even though we don't get a Death Star (because of money money money whatever), I'm glad the White House and Star Wars were able to snipe at each other through the press."