WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- While the President's been working on his inaugural speech, his staff has had to respond to a petition signed by 34-thousand people demanding the government build a Death Star. That's Death Star as in DS-1 Orbital Battle Station from Star Wars Episode IV.

Maybe that's why the White House is changing the rules for on-line petitions. This week, a White House blog announced the threshold for getting a response to an on-line petition at We The People is jumping from 25,000 signatures to 100,000 signatures.

When the White House first raised the threshold from 5,000 signatures, it said the popularity of the site was "a good problem to have." Director of Digital Strategy Macon Phillips now insists a good problem "is only getting better."

But some staffers are now saying "My God, what have we done!!?"

One of the first petitions after they increased the threshold demanded that they take it back down.

Written and Reported by Bruce Leshan
Twitter: @BruceLeshan

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