An “Obama Clock” app is jockeying for position with National Geographic’s World Atlas atop the iTunes app store’s reference best-seller list, partly because conservatives are eager to monitor President Barack Obama’s skidding approval numbers and shrinking calendar, says the app’s designer.
Liberals don’t like the app because it shows Obama’s numbers trending down, said Jeremy Ross, even though his app just publishes publicly available data. The app can also be used to display the same stats on future GOP presidents.
Ross, a California aerospace engineer, cut his sleep time down to 5 hours per day to develop the app, which users rate at 4.5 out of 5 stars.
“Most of my friends are very left and strongly discouraged me from starting this app,” he said. “My best friend hates this app.” Ross added that his own mother, also politically liberal, isn’t happy about it.
“There‘s almost a sense of, ‘Well you should not do that,’” he told The Daily Caller. “I try to explain that it is not meant to hurt the president, but is a way of monitoring and keeping someone accountable … I would like this to be more of a ‘Presidents’ Clock,’” Ross said.
The app displays Rasmussen Reports’ polling data on Obama’s popularity along with the U.S. unemployment rate, the gasoline price index, housing values, the national debt — and the amount of time remaining until the next presidential inauguration.
Ross launched the 99-cent app on August 4. (RELATED: Despite protests, Obama likely still has green energy vote for 2012)
“There’s an increasing sense out there that people are not giving up on hope but wanting more change … It was always meant to be bipartisan, but it has taken a conservative following,” Ross said.
Nearly all the reviews are favorable, and most come from conservatives, he said.
Ross said he’s charging 99 cents for the app in order to prevent its ratings from being downgraded by people who dislike it for political reasons.
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