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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  • Andrew Jackson is known for defeating the British at the Battle of New Orleans. He also helped found the Democratic Party, something that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck will be forever grateful for. Perhaps, not coincidentally, his presidential opponents called him a "jackass" and that stuck, first as the mascot for the Democratic party, and then as a good way to describe most of America's currently serving politicians, regardless of party.

    Completely appropriate to our commentary on the political system, we present Jackass: 10 Years of Stupid for your iPad.

  • Next, we skip forward a bunch of presidents to James Buchanan. He was the only president who remained a bachelor for his entire time in the White House. I can just imagine the pick-up lines: "My White House or yours?", "Can I show you my priceless set of agencies?", "If you marry me, I'll name a state after you."

    In any case, nothing says bachelor president like a selection of Android dating apps. Nothing also says "I'm so glad I'm married" as seeing these worrisome nightmares. I'm almost afraid to recommend any of these to you, because they all seem quite gnarly, but because I want to quickly get in and out (of this topic), I present to you SpeedDate for the Android.

  • And then there's Abe Lincoln. Honest Abe. Our first Republican president (which, when you think about it, kind of boggles the mind). He was a country lawyer, a debater (I wonder what he would have made of our current crop of incessant, sometimes idiotic Republican debates), and the author of the Gettysburg address.

    Because it took many of us quite a long time to figure out how what a score was, and how to calculate four of them, I present one of my favorite apps, WolframAlpha, which calculates "four score and seven" in many different and surprising ways.

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.)