Step aside Francis Scott Key. The people have spoken and they want Miley.
Well, some of the people. A White House petition to change the U.S. National Anthem from Keys’ “Star Spangled Banner” to Miley Cyrus’ pop hit “Party in the USA” has hit the Internet. As of July 8th at 6pm the petition has fewer than 500 signatures, falling far short of the 100,000 necessarily to elicit a White House response. There’s a 30-day window to secure those signatures.
But the penchant for strange petitions by way of We the People is no new thing.
December 2012 saw a petition to deport CNN’s Piers Morgan after his “hostile attacks on the Second Amendment,” as well as a November petition that same year to begin construction of a Star Wars inspired Death Star by 2016. The White House’s official response–there would be no Death Star–was both well-reasoned and entertaining: “The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon.” It also was probably what prompted them to change the petition goal number from 25,000 to 100,000. These petitions need at least that many in order for the White House to consider it for review and response.