David Jackson, USA TODAY
This might not be what the creators of the White House petition website had in mind.
More than 4,000 Americans have signed a petition calling on the Obama administration to "nationalize the Twinkie industry," saying that would "prevent our nation from losing her sweet creamy center."
This request will probably plummet down the list of administration priorities, along with petitions to remove Jerry Jones as owner of the Dallas Cowboys and to build a government-backed "Death Star" by 2016.
The online petition site known as We The People has become "cluttered with thousands of demands that are often little more than extended Internet jokes," notes The Washington Post, though White House officials say they are pleased with the project.
"We could create a carefully staged social-media experience ... but it would be the most boring thing imaginable," said White House official Macon Phillips to the Post. "Would I prefer not to go around the office here and be known as the guy carrying [obscure] petitions? That would be nice. But I view this overall as a huge win because we are able to address issues people care about on a scale that's never happened before."
Phillips reported that more than 94,000 petitions have been created, garnering more than 5.9 million signatures from more than 4 million users.
Some petitions have drawn White House responses.
One was an explanation of why Armed Forces Network radio won't ban conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Another petition led to release of the White House beer recipe.
Still another response cited "no credible evidence of extraterrestrial presence here on Earth."