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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  • 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.

  • I would say that TJ was one of my favorite early presidents, but I'm also particularly fond of Adams and Washington. Face it, some of our early founders were just outright cool. Jefferson is known for writing the Declaration and the Bill of Rights (so back off MPAA and RIAA!), and he commissioned the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, which was designed to map out just what the U.S. had gotten itself into with the Louisiana Purchase.

    We honor Jefferson's role in American exploration with a GPS application. There are a ton of great GPS applications, but none fit the bill so appropriately as the TomTom app for the iPhone.

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.)