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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  • I like Johnson and Nixon as much as the next guy, but Gerald Ford has a sweet spot in my heart. This is the only president never elected president nor vice-president, a member of the Warren Commission (so who knows what secrets he took with him to the grave), and quite the football player.

    Now, I could have saved football for the Gipper, but instead, I bring you the best football app, perhaps the very best app of any kind, on any platform, CBS Sports Pro Football. Okay, fine, disclosure: CBS Sports is part of the CBS Interactive family, our parent company. Still, it's quite good.

  • What would Ronald Reagan make of our current crop of Republicans? More to the point, if Reagan were alive today, with the politics he had back then, could he have even made it through the primaries? The architect of the Reagan Revolution would have seemed positively moderate by today's highly conservative standards.

    Which reminds me, a conservative, a moderate, and a liberal walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, "Oh, hi Mitt." And yes, I know, that's funny on many different levels.

    In any case, in honor of the Reagan Revolution (and Newt Gingrich's desperate attempts to prove he invented it), we bring you Civilization Revolutions from the iPhone app store. Now, tell the truth, can't you picture Newt in a Napoleon hat? Even just a little?

  • Skipping past Bush-the-Elder, we come to the great William Jefferson Clinton, the man whose vice president invented the Internet. Clinton presided over the last big bump in our economy, along with helping along some of the banking deregulation that led to the economic crash of the Dubya years. Even so, you can't help but like Bill Clinton.

    Choosing an app to honor Bill is tough. Do we go with some buy-one-get-one-free app? Do we go with some sort of policy wonk app? Or do we instead go where all our brains tend to go? Yeah, you know that's where we're going. And so, it's our great pleasure to bring you Cigar Monster, for all your discount cigar needs.

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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