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Online White House Petitions Now Require 100K Signatures to Receive Response

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Only the most serious of petitioners will be able to get Obama's attention now.

It looks like the White House is tightening down regulations yet again on its online petitions. Now, online petitions need to be able to gather over 100,000 signatures in 30 days' time in order for it to grab President Obama's attention. Previously, the minimum had been set to 25,000 and then 5,000 before that.

No doubt the sheer number of user load has made this decision necessary. According to Mashable, the site's been under heavy load with over 2.3 million new users, 73,000 petitions created, and 4.9 million signatures just in the last two months.

"We're making another adjustment to ensure we're able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve," said Macon Phillips, the White House's director of digital strategy.

Indeed. By increasing the required signature amount to over 100,000, petitioners have to really get serious in order to have their demands be read by the POTUS. No doubt joke petitions like the one requesting the construction of the Death Star helped contribute to this new move.

 

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    ubercake , January 18, 2013 1:44 PM
    It's his second term. He doesn't have to act like he cares any longer.
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    mrmaia , January 18, 2013 1:38 PM
    The can raise the bar all they want, there will always be enough clowns to draw attention with ridiculous petitions, such as the Death Star one.
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    ubercake , January 18, 2013 1:44 PM
    It's his second term. He doesn't have to act like he cares any longer.
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    fnh , January 18, 2013 1:49 PM
    Are there any current petitions with over 100,000 signatures?

    (Never mind. Apparently the single one meeting that criteria has over 300,000 signatures. And undoubtedly contentious.)
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    master9716 , January 18, 2013 2:13 PM
    Well , he doesnt have to act like he cares but he does , All these retards petitioning stupid issues, when you feed a dog a bone your not supposed to bite the hand.
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    fimbulvinter , January 18, 2013 2:33 PM
    There was plenty of very serious petitions when this first started that you can tell nobody even took the time to consider before they had some intern write off a stock response. This whole thing is a joke.
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    DRosencraft , January 18, 2013 2:43 PM
    Actually, some of the responses were well written. But of course they'll sound like canned responses when you ask questions with obvious answers. Seriously, do you really think ANY state is going to get permission from ANY administration to just secede?
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    fimbulvinter , January 18, 2013 2:46 PM
    When I say "serious" petitions I figured it was a given that secession requests from racist crybabies wasn't on that list.
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    brandonjclark , January 18, 2013 4:21 PM
    drosencraftActually, some of the responses were well written. But of course they'll sound like canned responses when you ask questions with obvious answers. Seriously, do you really think ANY state is going to get permission from ANY administration to just secede?


    States do not NEED permission to secede. Joining the union was for the State's benefit. It was voluntary. Nothing in the laws says that a state can't secede.

    But that didn't stop the tyrant Lincoln from killing tons of Americans in order to stop states anyway, did it?
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    brandonjclark , January 18, 2013 4:23 PM
    FYI, I'm a Yank.
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    brandonjclark , January 18, 2013 5:20 PM
    inthereDamn that Lincoln, bring back slavery


    You're incredibly ignorant to think Lincoln gave a damn about slavery. It was only a tool to end the war to him. Let me guess, you probably believe the storybook view of him, huh?

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    DRosencraft , January 18, 2013 5:21 PM
    brandonjclarkStates do not NEED permission to secede. Joining the union was for the State's benefit. It was voluntary. Nothing in the laws says that a state can't secede.But that didn't stop the tyrant Lincoln from killing tons of Americans in order to stop states anyway, did it?


    Has been fought already. States don't have the legal right to secede. Go re-read Constitutional Law.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 18, 2013 5:55 PM
    They should make it 150,000 signatures. Most people probably don't even read petitions thoroughly anyway, just the bold print. A more satirical point of view, if anyone here has seen the South Park episode "Human Centipad" where it mocks Apple and how most people just click "I Agree" without even reading the agreement, I presume this happens more often than not. Most of the time, these agreements are overly bloated with words. I'm sure if simplicity was in mind when writing these things out, bulleted/numbered lists and so forth, we might see a huge change.

    The petition to deport Piers Morgan reached 109,000 signatures, which I think is is asinine. They should deport the Kardashians before they should deport him.
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    brandonjclark , January 18, 2013 6:53 PM
    drosencraftHas been fought already. States don't have the legal right to secede. Go re-read Constitutional Law.


    States don't have a right to secede? What is the state other than it's people?

    SOUNDS LIKE SLAVERY TO ME.
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    bbfknight , January 18, 2013 7:29 PM
    to the USA...

    your comments, your government, your laws, are jokes...

    from.. Rest of the world, especially Canada!
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    susyque747 , January 18, 2013 8:27 PM
    Typical leftists, change the rules if you don't like the results. impeach the Kenyan traitor.
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    fimbulvinter , January 18, 2013 8:37 PM
    susyque747Typical leftists, change the rules if you don't like the results. impeach the Kenyan traitor.


    I'm sure you are just trolling, but our current president and his administration are solidly center-right and they blew off plenty of truly leftist petitions like you would expect.
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    jisamaniac , January 18, 2013 9:49 PM
    Don't tell 4chan that.
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    catswold , January 18, 2013 10:57 PM
    Don't you peons know? The President can't be bothered with your opinions, he's far too busy dismantling the Constitution and taking away our rights.

    You scum need to learn your place.

    Every time the bar gets met, Obama's people raise it. Once 100,000 becomes an easily met target, they will raise it to a million, or 10 million. After all, he's the king . . . err . . . I mean the President.
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    catswold , January 18, 2013 11:03 PM
    brandonjclarkStates do not NEED permission to secede. Joining the union was for the State's benefit. It was voluntary. Nothing in the laws says that a state can't secede.But that didn't stop the tyrant Lincoln from killing tons of Americans in order to stop states anyway, did it?

    This is not really true, but by continually undermining the Constitution and attempting to circumvent it, it is weakened. Liberals better think seriously about that, because the Constitution is the only legal document that preserves our union. Without that mandate, not only would states be free to secede, but there would be no legal justification for the existence of the federal government.

    Obama, by undermining the Constitution, is undermining his own raison d'etre. Without the Constitution, THERE IS NO PRESIDENCY . . . no Congress, no Supreme Court, no federal payroll and no taxation.

    . . . come to think of it, YOU GO MR. PRESIDENT!!!
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    alidan , January 19, 2013 1:34 AM
    master9716Well , he doesnt have to act like he cares but he does , All these retards petitioning stupid issues, when you feed a dog a bone your not supposed to bite the hand.


    they are put in power by us, and get money from us to the tune of about 30% of what you make a year (less than 20% if you are insaneley rich)
    as far as im concerned if i have trouble wiping my butt and someone elected is by me, they should help wipe.

    the LEAST they can do is pretend to take anything with 25000 people backing it seriously.

    drosencraftHas been fought already. States don't have the legal right to secede. Go re-read Constitutional Law.


    texas does, its the only state with that right.

    JOSHSKORNThey should make it 150,000 signatures. Most people probably don't even read petitions thoroughly anyway, just the bold print. A more satirical point of view, if anyone here has seen the South Park episode "Human Centipad" where it mocks Apple and how most people just click "I Agree" without even reading the agreement, I presume this happens more often than not. Most of the time, these agreements are overly bloated with words. I'm sure if simplicity was in mind when writing these things out, bulleted/numbered lists and so forth, we might see a huge change.The petition to deport Piers Morgan reached 109,000 signatures, which I think is is asinine. They should deport the Kardashians before they should deport him.


    the bold print should either give you a damn good idea as to what the petition is about, or be funny and eye catching. this isn't a TOS where they write it in legalese so no one fully understands it or doesn't care enough to go through 20-30+ pages of that crap.

    fimbulvinterI'm sure you are just trolling, but our current president and his administration are solidly center-right and they blew off plenty of truly leftist petitions like you would expect.


    democrats have no balls anymore
    obama isn't as weak as people think, he genuinely wants things to go the republican way, not the extremist republican way, but the more... sane minded republican way. cutting entitlements shouldnt even be considered by a democrat... but many are considering it.

    i hate how any real choice we have in who to elect is just figuring out which one would kill our country less, do i want to be stabbed with a knife, or a chainsaw.

    really, right now, the only difference between president canedates was social issues, sure mitt was more extreme in other areas, but it was the social issues are the only ones that people can do anything about.

    its sad our whole govenment is corrupt and that we legalized bribery.

    catswoldThis is not really true, but by continually undermining the Constitution and attempting to circumvent it, it is weakened. Liberals better think seriously about that, because the Constitution is the only legal document that preserves our union. Without that mandate, not only would states be free to secede, but there would be no legal justification for the existence of the federal government. Obama, by undermining the Constitution, is undermining his own raison d'etre. Without the Constitution, THERE IS NO PRESIDENCY . . . no Congress, no Supreme Court, no federal payroll and no taxation.. . . come to think of it, YOU GO MR. PRESIDENT!!!


    really, we are caring about it this much now... how about the 4th amendment that bush took a dump on, and continues to be used to wipe with?

    so far obama did nothing to stop guns at all, just signed orders to enforce laws ALREADY ON THE BOOKS that people just don't care about enforcing.

    the moment there is a ban of any kind, ill be up in arms too, but so far, nothing he did stopped anyone so far.
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