In a bit of good news for "Beliebers" nationwide, the White House has officially commented on a 250,000+ signature online petition to deport Canadian singer Justin Bieber.
Yes, you read that right. In response to the pop singer's January arrest for DUI, driving with an expired license (by more than six months), and resisting arrest (without violence), a petition was created over at Whitehouse.gov to deport the troublesome singer back to his home country.
Petition creator Roger Skrzynski II, who initially drafted it up as a means to show just how silly the White House's online petition-and-response system is, managed to have a small hit on his hands. The petition grew to be one of the site's most popular — even blasting past the number of petitioners that, at one point, had asked the White House to construct a Death Star.
Perhaps Skrzynski was right.
"I really don't like the website itself. It's too open to foreign signatures. It's a way for people in foreign countries to petition our government. I kind of wanted to put a joke on there to maybe get the White House's attention. Maybe they could fix it," said Skrzynski, in a February interview with Newsmax.
That said, he didn't seem to mind his petition's newfound fame.
"I feel like I finally brought America together on an issue for once," said Skrzynski in a separate interview with The Washington Times.
Unfortunately, those hoping that America might up and deport the singer based on popular appeal are going to be a little unhappy by the White House's predictable response.
"Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one," the response states.
"The We the People terms of participation state that, 'to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.'"
The response goes on to make a pitch for immigration reform, commenting that comprehensive, "common-sense immigration reform" would allow all to "play by the same set of rules" in the United States. Additionally, the White House notes that immigration reform could help shrink deficits by $1 trillion over 20 years: "For those of you counting at home, that's 12.5 billion concert tickets -- or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber's debut album," reads the response.