Yesterday, someone created a “Pardon Edward Snowden” petition on Whitehouse.gov and I’ve never seen a petition get this many signatures this fast. Recall, the Administration raised the threshold on these petitions from 25,000 to 100,000 back in January. This threshold represents the amount needed to garner a White House response. This petition already has 21,500 signatures in less than a day. I’d like to see it get to one million. If it gets a massive amount of signatures it will be a major statement, media story and embarrassment to Obama. Please consider signing it here, I have done so.
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I don’t have a problem with them doing this. In fact, I think it is a good thing because it will only make successful petitions more powerful. Let’s remember that the “Petition to Deport Piers Morgan,” which undoubtedly annoyed the White House, easily reached over 100,000 signatures within the 30 day period, proving that issues that people care about and that strike a nerve will be able to break this new threshold. The White House ultimately responded to that petition after it hit 109,334 signatures, at which point the signing stops. From the Daily Caller:
President Barack Obama’s deputies have quadrupled the number of signatures that petitioners on the administration’s “We the People” website must collect to get an official response from the White House, following a series of popular, provocative and disrespectful signature drives by his critics.
Some of the petitions sought approval for states to secede after Obama’s re-election, while others called on the White House to disavow executive orders that restrict gun rights, or to deport CNN’s British-born, progressive host Piers Morgan.
“Starting today, as we move into a second term, petitions must receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days in order to receive an official response from the Obama Administration,” said an early evening Jan. 15 statement from Macon Phillips, the White House’s digital strategy director.
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When I first heard of this petition I thought it was kind of amusing, but I never expected it to reach the 25,000 number required for a White House response so fast. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a petition get there so quick. This was only created two days ago on December 21, 2012.
25,467 at last check. Check it out here.