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January 16, 2013

Transparency! Liberty! Equality!

Sacre bleu! The Most Transparent and Inclusive Administration Evah is dialing back all that vox populi stuff:

It's wonderful to see so many people using We the People to add their voices to important policy debates here in Washington and bring attention to issues that might not get the attention they deserve. This increasing adoption strengthens our resolve to build new features, including an API that would allow other popular online petition platforms to integrate with our official one. To that end we’ve released the source code to We the People and would love to connect with any enterprising engineers who want to help out.

Maybe if they stop spending so much time on this touchy-feeling social media stuff, the White House will have time to - oh, we don't know - submit a budget that doesn't get laughed off the agenda by their own party?

Over the past year, the petition program has only grown in popularity. Petitions submitted from several states asking to secede from the nation after President Obama won re-election garnered enough signatures to warrant an official response. Just this week, Director of the Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson responded, “Our states remain united.”

The now infamous petition to deport Piers Morgan created by his new adversary Alex Jones topped 68,000 signatures just before Christmas.

And, of course, even more ridiculous petitions such as the one urging the United States to build a Death Star have reached the 25,000 mark, eliciting hilariously deadpan responses like the one issued last week stating “the Administration does not support blowing up planets.”

We can dream, people.

Posted by Cassandra at January 16, 2013 08:39 AM

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My word! Why, according to the graph, the sharp spike in citizen participation in the online petition meme directly correlates to the re-election of the president! Seriously, folks: Has any other man ever so inspired the nation as does Barack Obama? Well, maybe just one....

Posted by: spd rdr at January 16, 2013 03:39 PM

Expiration date.

Every promise that Obama has ever made has an expiration date.

He cares for little else except getting power and keeping power. And playing golf 106 times since getting elected in 2008.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at January 16, 2013 09:35 PM

"Wow, Oggie ben-doggie! Was that a huge disturbance in the Force, like millions of people who cried out and were suddenly silenced?"

"No. Just a headache."

We never held our collective breath here at Chez Engineer. Light-worker that he is. All tinkling bells and sounding brass.

Do you suppose these fluff stories are around to hide the executive orders being drawn up behind the scenes, or is the O.A. that superficial?

Posted by: Puff at January 18, 2013 06:14 PM

Well, after his inaugeration speech, there's not much doubt in MY military mind what the man wants to accomplish. Socialism triumphant!

Posted by: CAPT Mongo at January 22, 2013 09:33 AM

Still dreaming, Princess?

Posted by: spd rdr at January 25, 2013 11:45 AM

Shhhh, spd, she needs her beauty sleep.

Posted by: DL Sly at January 25, 2013 01:07 PM

Shhhh, spd, she needs her beauty sleep.

I can't deny the truth of that snark, but nonetheless I say, "PPPPTTTTHHHHHHHHTTTHTHTHTHT!!!!"

Posted by: Cass at January 25, 2013 01:21 PM


*wipes laptop monitor*
Eeeeewwwwww! Geeez, ya coulda at least blown that through a kleenex or sump'in first....

Posted by: DL Sly at January 25, 2013 04:12 PM