On January 15, 2013 the White House increased the number of signers required for a White House response to petitions from the former value of 25,000:
AS OF JANUARY 15, 2013:
To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days.
To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.
As of this writing, there are 280 searchable petitions. Some of them a pretty mainstream, such as the one to legalize Marijuana with 18,268 signatures and some are a bit odder, such as the petition to recognize Sasquatch as an indigenous species and ban the hunting of them (1,041 signatures), and to recognize International Talk Like a Pirate Day September 19 (2,077 signatures), and to ABOLISH the petitions (896 signatures)!
The petition with the most votes is one to recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group (328,279), and the second is to investigate their tax-exempt status (82,769). There are several to impeach Obama if he takes away our guns.
And don’t forget (doing a little better than Sasquatch):
It’s interesting to see what people are concerned about beyond the headlines.