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But more often, the White House response amounts to a thank-you to those who signed and a restatement of long-held administration viewpoints.

One major exception was a 2012 petition asking for the recipe to Mr. Obama’s home-brewed honey ale. White House assistant chef Sam Kass responded with recipes for the honey ale and honey porter.

“Like many home brewers who add secret ingredients to make their beer unique, all of our brews have honey that we tapped from the first ever bee-hive on the South Lawn,” Mr. Kass wrote. “The honey gives the beer a rich aroma and a nice finish but it doesn’t sweeten it.”