By MichaelJames

Jan 22, 2010 7:43pm

ABC News’ Christina Capatides reports:
Hey, all you iPhone users: You have apps to check sports statistics. You even have apps that protect you from drunk dialing your colleagues. Well, now there’s an app that will help you stay up-to-date with the White House.
That’s right. The tech-savvy White House has just unveiled its very own app for the iPhone and iPod Touch 2G, joining the countless other organizations that reach the American people through the iTunes store each day.
So now, if you can’t be in front of a television to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address next Wednesday, not to worry. You can watch it live on your mobile device instead.
This level of accessibility, the White House claims, was always part of President Obama’s plan.

On the White House blog, Dave Cole writes that the app is “part of President Obama’s commitment to an open and transparent government.” With mobile Web usage burgeoning more than 100 percent in the United States last year, a White House app probably will, as the blog says, “[make] getting all the latest news and media from the White House easier than ever.”
So far, the app has scored favorable ratings from the public.
iTunes user, Mgj1262 says, “I really appreciate this administration’s dedication to technology. Keep it up.”

Likewise, iTunes user, Pearl of 1908, says, “About time… A president that realizes that modern technology is the way my generation communicates! I love the speed, visuals and info!”
After 197 reviews, the White House app’s average rating is 4 stars (quite a good rating, as apps go). In fact, many of its poorer reviews are due to its incompatibility with other mobile devices, rather than to its shortcomings.
iTunes user, Hoser1215, for example, gave the app one star because “There are a lot of 1st gen people out there that would really enjoy having this app” and it is simply not compatible with that version of the iTouch. 

So, during a week when the president and his party could certainly use a little good news, it appears that this venture, at least, has been successful.
And, perhaps best of all, the app is free; not something that can be said about many things coming out of Washington these days.

-Christina Capatides

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