Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

Summary: From Washington to Obama, David Gewirtz honors some of our favorite U.S. Presidents with some moderately inappropriate iPhone and Android apps.

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  • From Washington to Obama, our favorite U.S. Presidents and some moderately inappropriate apps that honor them.

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  • What can you say about George Washington that hasn't already been said? He was our first president. He may have chopped down a tree. He crossed the Delaware. He had wooden teeth. And his likeness is on the dollar bill. Before I recommend an app for our first president, let me tell you that I've always been concerned about the veracity of the Delaware crossing story. When I lived in New Jersey, I went to Washington's Crossing. I never figured out why there was such a fuss. There's a nice bridge, right along the Delaware, a pleasant little country store, and even a visitor's center.

    So why, I ask, should it have been so hard crossing the Delaware? I've done it hundreds of times; it takes a few seconds, even when driving slowly. Oh, what's that? There was no bridge when George was fighting the British? Well, then. Never mind. For other fun stories about Mr. Washington, that may or may not be true, consider Childhood Stories of George Washington, an iPhone app that teaches kids in kindergarten and first grade all about the first president. There are even discussion questions.

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Topics: Apps, Android, iPhone, Mobile OS, Security, Smartphones

About

David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • RE: Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

    Did a fine job of avoiding some of the more controversial flamebait with the Bush and Obama recommendations. But I can pretty much guarantee, some people will flame away anyways -_-.
    CobraA1
  • RE: Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

    Did you seriously compare John Quincy Adams with George W Bush. one major difference I have to point out, John Quincy Adams speaks several languages while George Dubbya can barely speak English.
    Poz83
    • RE: Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

      @SamPoz
      Like George W. Bush (born July 6), J.Q. Adams was a Cancer (born July 11).

      Probably UNlike George W. Bush, J.Q. was forced by his parents to grow up fast. He was an eye witness to the battle of Lexington at the age of 8 and was a foreign ambassador for the youthful United States while in his youthful 20s.
      sissy sue
  • Cute, now get back to work.

    By the way, I rather like Zack Whittaker's blogs. He most likely knows more about the Constitution than most of us Yanks! (If he ever comes ashore, he deserves a royal tour of the White House)!
    recurvebowyer
  • When I think Kennedy, I think NASA

    While the Cuban Missile Crisis was important in his tenure, when I think of the lasting contributions Kennedy made, I always think of his "We shall go to the Moon" speech which launched the US Space program. Rather than Cuban cooking, I'd offer the NASA App. (Rocket Science? Yes, there's an app for that.)

    http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/iphone/index.html
    JJMach