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This article was published on November 7, 2011


    Best petition to Obama ever?

    Best petition to Obama ever?
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    Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

    We The People is a section of the White House’s website that allows anyone to raise an issue that they’d like the US  government to take action on. Of course, whether anything meaningful actually comes of the petitions is another question.

    As spotted by Mike Elgan, one ‘Jon G’ of Coldwater, MI,  clearly jaded by this situation, has called on the Obama administration to provide “a vapid, condescending, meaningless, politically safe response to this petition.”

    “Since these petitions are ignored apart from an occasional patronizing and inane political statement amounting to nothing more than a condescending pat on the head, we the signers would enjoy having the illusion of success.

    Since no other outcome to this process seems possible, we demand that the White House immediately assign a junior staffer to compose a tame and vapid response to this petition, and never attempt to take any meaningful action on this or any other issue. We would also like a cookie.”

    Whether such a response, or indeed the cookie, will be forthcoming remains to be seen, but with 3,616 e-signatures, it’s still a long way from its goal of 25,000 by 4 December. Still, kudos for taking satire right to the President’s front door.

    Meanwhile, as a response to a recent petition, The White House revealed that it’s still looking for little green men, despite “no credible information” about aliens or a conspiracy to keep them secret.