The people had spoken. Over 273,000 people signed the We The People petition, expressing their right to free speech and interest in America's immigration policy and devoting countless hours to the singular cause of having the United States government tell noted Canadian thing Justin Bieber to GTFO. But the government failed us. Though under the We the People policy, the White House must respond to petitions that reach 100,000 signatures, the official response to Bieber? "We won't be commenting on this one." Scoff, Obamacare.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
The White House response went on to explain that the terms of its petition service say "the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition."
So basically, the White House has a loophole in place that allows it to pass in certain situations, like maybe hypothetically if over 273,000 people took it upon themselves to try and oust a pop star whose worst crime (in the contiguous United States) was allowing someone to go near him with a tattoo machine. Also, the DUI.
While I was initially disappointed in the inaction of our government, I'm kind of glad that the White House would rather comment on that Death Star proposal than on Bieber-banning. Their priorities are clearly in order. That being said, I can't imagine running the We the People site and just watching important petitions on climate change and Wall Street regulation just get lapped thousands of times by silly and irreverent pop culture petitions.
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