'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Since September of 2011, the Obama administration has invited the public to petition the government at a “We the People” area of the official White House website, promising that when a petition receives enough support — currently 25,000 electronic signatures within a 30-day window — Mr. Obama’s staff will review the request and issue an official response. Many of the resulting petitions have been predictable. Others, however, are more eclectic.
While frivolous petitions could potentially clog the petition system and render it something of a joke, Mr. Snider said silly requests are less a problem than the site requiring the 25,000-signature government response threshold to be met within 30 days.
"No other petition site in the world, private or public, has that," he said.