On June 22 2013, the the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures in the Obama White House’s We The People petition website. If a petition can gain a hundred thousand signatures, the Obama administration has pledged that “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”
On July 5 2013, I noted that the White House hadn’t sent its response. Bill left a comment to that note sensibly asking, “Does two weeks really seem like an unreasonably long time to deal with this petition?”
It’s been 202 days now, and still the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden has received no response from the Obama administration. Does 202 days seem to you like an unreasonably long time to deal with this petition?
A pledge to respond to petitions is no pledge at all if it is kept only with the petitions Barack Obama and the White House find nice, comfortable, friendly and easy. If Barack Obama and his staff won’t bother to respond to a petition they find pesky and inconvenient, why should anyone bother to petition the White House again?