White House Responds to Anti-Westboro Baptist Church Petition With Passive-Aggressive GIF

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The White House was forced to respond to a recent petition asking it to designate the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group, which it declined to do.

The Obama administration did, however, include this passive-aggressive GIF in its response, showing where all the anti-WBC signatures came from:

White House Petition GIF

The official "We the People" site guarantees a response to any petition with 100,000 signatures, no matter how much it wants to ignore something or someone.

The takeaway? Even if the White House can't really do or say much of anything about them, a lot of people all over the place really dislike the Westboro Baptist Church!

Hundreds of thousands of people attached their names to efforts to expose WBC - which even called out Taylor Swift of all people - for what it is.

Reprehensible as the church may be, as long as it operates within the law, any action against it (beyond lemonade stands for peace) is not happening.

"To the extent that these petitions request a particular law enforcement or adjudicatory action, we cannot issue a comment," reads the White House response.

"In addition, the federal government doesn't maintain a list of hate groups."

It does however, retain a list of your email contacts and Facebook friends.

Just kidding. Not really.

Five petitions in all asked the Obama administration to either recognize WBC as a hate group or revoke the tax-exempt status of the extremist organization.

Other than pointing to legislation that pushes the protestors out of military funerals, the White House can't really do a whole lot. Bill of Rights and all.

Nevertheless, the above GIF serves as a subtle acknowledgment of the fact that this was one of the most popular petitions in We the People history.

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