There's a strong part of me that wants to be good-natured about the White House responding to a petition to build the Death Star. Really, I wish I could let myself say that not everything needs to be political, and that as Americans we should be able to enjoy a humorous moment rooted in a piece of iconic American art.
But when it comes from the White House of beer summits and gimmick budget tricks, it's a little harder to find my jovial side. The very first bullet point is self-parody: silly peasants, government spending would be harmful given our already unsustainable binging. Let's bear that in mind next time we're sold a trillion-dollar jobs bill for the politically connected.
The petition is like the deadbeat husband who stays home and plays video games all day. When the wife comes home from working, it doesn't matter if he is a comedic genius. Jokes are just bad form. Form is all we get from these folks. At the very least they could give us good form.
To make it even more uncomfortable, reading the responses to other petitions (secession, impeachment, etc.), one begins to feel like a teenager being lectured: it's good that you're thinking about these things, but let me explain how things work. Only the lecturer is always sure to mention his own accomplishments and talent, lest we forget that we are dealing with our superiors on every level.
Maybe the target audience isn't so far off from that unsavory description.