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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  • James Madison can rightly be considered the father of the United States Constitution, perhaps the most important document ever written, and the man who gave Ron Paul a reason to live. He wrote the Federalist Papers, and, as our fourth president, had the sad role of serving as president when the White House was torched by the British in 1814. This is why, every August 24th, we here at ZDNET look at our own resident British blogger, Zack Whittaker, raise our right arm, and yell "Darn you, British!" Okay, actually, we don't. We quite like Zack. But we're still not going to let him near the White House. Just sayin'.

    Now, I could send you many of the burning things apps scattered all through the various app stores, but Madison's important role as father of the Constitution can lead us to only one app, the U.S. Constitution for Android.

  • Monroe was the last founding father to become president. He also governed during what was called "the Era of Good Feelings," a shocking period in American history where there was little partisan strife. He admitted the Missouri territory, and bought Florida in 1821 (for which, as a Florida resident, I don't think I'll ever be able to forgive him). Personally, I can't believe that nobody ever created an iPhone or Android app called Hanging Chad, but maybe that's just me.

    In any case, in honor of the Era of Good Feelings, we bring you the source of all happiness, Ben & Jerry’s Scoop of Happiness. Just be careful. Happiness can be fattening.

  • John Quincy Adams was the George W. Bush of his time, the first son of a former president. He was an avid reader (John Quincy, that is), knew several languages, but also suffered from depression. Because JQ was instrumental in creating the Smithsonian Institution, we bring you the Smithsonian Mobile app for Android.

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.)