Uh-oh. Looks like that campaign to get Justin Bieber deported just got serious. Kinda.
By LISA GUTIERREZ
The Kansas City Star
During a radio interview on Tuesday, Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner joked that he would sign the petition to get the Canadian pop star deported, suggesting that the misbehaving Bieber might not be the best influence on the youth of America.
"As a dad with three daughters, is there someplace I can sign?" he said on WNOR, a rock station in Norfolk, Va.
Just to be clear, the senator then tweeted: “It's true: I'm not a #Belieber.”
The petition at WhiteHouse.gov is awaiting an official response from the White House. It currently has more than 245,000 signatures.
Someone in Detroit started the petition on Jan. 23, the day Bieber was arrested in Miami for alleged drunken drag racing and resisting arrest.
The petition asks the U.S. government to deport Bieber and revoke his green card.
“We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture,” reads the petition.
“We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
It sounds all fun and games, but the Obama administration is required to respond to petitions that garner more than 100,000 signatures.
Last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president’s feedback on the Bieber request would come “relatively soon.”