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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  • 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.

  • Wow, what can you say about George W. Bush that hasn't already been said. He is our most recent two-term president. He was the president in office during the fateful events of September 11, 2001. He sent us to war, not only in Iraq, but in Afghanistan, and his search for weapons of mass destruction turned out to be a fool’s errand.

    What app does one buy for our last, great Republican president? I tried to find a blow-up Karl Rove doll, but I'm told they're all sold out. What to pick? What to pick? Ah, of course! For all your mission accomplished needs, I present to you Aircraft Carrier for your Android device.

  • Will Barack Obama be a two-term president? Is he destined to serve his last day in office less than a year from now? Was he the president that turned back the tide of the next Great Depression, or did he merely preside over the most ineffectual Congress in recent history? You can turn to the pages of ZDNet Government and our regular commenters will certainly let you know what they think.

    In the meantime, I'm going to recommend an app. This one, well, this one's a bit personal. Back when the App Store first opened, I built 40 completely silly and extremely simplistic iPhone applications in the space of a month. I did DaysTo Christmas, DaysTo Baby, and my final app recommendation for you, DaysTo Election Day 2012. Oh, and as a final disclosure, I make about three bucks a month off this thing, so now you know how I pull in the big bucks!

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.)