Budget cuts, drones, Jurassic Park: Serious and silly petitions at whitehouse.gov

Published: Tuesday, March 12 2013 3:17 a.m. MDT

In 2011, the White House created We the People, a tool on whitehouse.gov inviting Americans to petition the government to take action on issues ranging from the serious — such as reducing gun violence — to the silly — such as building a Death Star.

After the 2012 election, the petition website jumped into the spotlight as hundreds of thousands of people petitioned the White House for the right to secede from the U.S. on behalf of their states.

Although petitions vary by topic and support, they provide a snapshot of what issues are most concerning to Americans at a certain point in time. From automatic budget cuts — also known as sequestration — to American drone policy, Jurassic Park possibilities and Daylight Savings Time, here's a look at 20 recent petitions.

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"Please repeal Obamacare," a Nov. 12, 2012 petition said. 'It is destroying jobs in this country and is already taxing businesses into closing."
The petition reached the signature threshold needed for a reply.

President's reply: "No."

Salt Lake City, UT

"Please repeal Obamacare," a Nov. 12, 2012 petition
President's reply: "No."

That is a Constitutionally correct answer. Congress would have to repeal the legislation, not the White House.

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