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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.
John Adams is best known for starring an amazing HBO mini-series. He's one of the more cranky of our presidents, and somehow, one of the most loved by historians. Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts, one of the first major blows to states’ rights.
Now, I could have provided you with a nice little Android e-book filled with John Adams quotes, but you know it's not going to be that easy. Instead, point your Android to a nice little app called Sedition, which is all about space aliens shooting each other.