An online petition on the White House’s “We the People” petitions website is urging President Barack Obama to change the U.S. national anthem from “The Star-Spangled Banner” to “Party In The U.S.A.” by popstar Miley Cyrus.
“Party In The U.S.A.” is the 23rd most-watched video on YouTube with nearly 342 million views. It details a girl’s move to Los Angeles and gives nods to Jay-Z and Britney Spears.
The petition, however fun and patriotically timely it may be, highlights some of the bizarre requests on We the People (remember when one urged Obama to build the Death Star?).
As of noon ET on July 7, the “Party In The U.S.A.” petition has only 239 signatures. A We the People petition needs at least 100,000 signatures for the White House staff to review it, send it to the relevant policy experts and provide a response to the supporters.
Why change the national anthem? As the petitioner wrote, “It is what is best for this country.”