I’ve done a lot of research to try and find out if the former leader of the free world has played one of the most important video games of the generation. I’ve done this because I don’t have a real job and I can do whatever I want with my free time.
Laura Bush, according to a CNN report in October 2010, told Yahoo News that the President was “addicted” to his iPad and that his favourite App at the time was “Scrabble”. This doesn’t mention anything to do with the Rovio-produced worldwide avian-sensation, but it’s a good starting point to our investigation. It establishes that not only does George Bush have the inclination to play Angry Birds as a video game fan, it also allows us the knowledge that if the President so desired, overcome with an interest to chuck a variety of multi colored cartoon birds into some makeshift fortresses in an attempt to rescue some eggs, he’s able to download any one of the game’s versions from the iTunes App Store for either £0.69/$0.99 or free with advertising support.
President Bush’s other interests on his iPad, according to the Today show, are reading both the Bible and The Wall Street Journal.
I can’t presume that George Bush reads the publication cover-to-cover, but the WSJ has previously covered Angry Birds between its release in December 2009 and Laura Bush’s admission that the President owns an iPad.
So far we’ve proven that at one point in time George Bush absolutely had access to Angry Birds, potentially knew of its existence and is likely the sort of person who’d check it out.
Unfortunately, it’s been widely publicised that the president’s new vocation is painting (which, incidentally, he learned through the use of an iPad)
For him to fully commit himself to painting in the way that he has, he would likely have had to eschew all other pastimes in favour of practicing. If he’s played Angry Birds at all, it was likely during a very small window between buying an iPad and learning how to paint.
As of March 2013, Angry Birds has been downloaded over 1.7 billion times across all platforms. Was one of those downloads President George W. Bush? Maybe.