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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  • Let's skip forward again to FDR, the president who presided over World War II, and the only president to serve four terms (a fact that has kept William Jefferson Clinton burning with jealousy all these long years). In any case, when you think World War II, you think Captain America. And so, lining Stan Lee's pockets once again, I present to you the Captain America Android app. I loved the movie, but I doubt this thing's much good. That said, it's only $2.99, which is considerably less than it cost to fight World War II.

  • Harry Truman is known for many things, but one of the more indelible images is the photo of him holding up a copy of the Chicago Tribune with the headline "Dewey Defeats Truman". In honor of the Tribune's famous mistake, and as a nod towards trying to help print newspapers stay in business in these modern times, I bring you the Chicago Tribune iPhone app.

  • There are so many ways to go when honoring John F. Kennedy. He was, sadly, gunned down in the prime of his life. He held firm during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and was at the head of the table during the Bay of Pigs Fiasco. Because JFK can be so tightly tied to his Cuban policy, I bring you CubanCooking Pro. Now, I need to warn you that this is the only Cuban cooking app I could find, and its description is, strangely enough, written in German. Well, maybe Tobias Bertsch's mother was Cuban.

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


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 -_-.
  • 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.
    • RE: Gallery: Presidents and their not so presidential apps

      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)!
  • 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.)