Donald Rumsfeld’s Second Career In Mobile Games

Whomever said that there are no second acts in American life or politics clearly was not anticipating a colossus on the scale of Donald Rumsfeld.

Almost a decade after the former Secretary of Defense left public life, he has found his new passion.

Mobile solitaire.

No, you haven’t clicked over to The Onion — any irony here is purely unintentional.

After two years of working as a developer, the 83-year-old has designed his own Winston Churchill themed solitaire game‚ described by the former secretary as an “incredibly devilish version of solitaire” in a blog post.

“I’ve done business, politics, and war. Now I’m trying my hand at mobile gaming.”

Rumsfeld further described the game as “probably the most challenging and strategic game of logic or puzzle…  I’ve ever played.”

Game play features two decks of cards and 10 rows, compared to traditional solitaire’s single deck and seven rows.

“It’s a card game that can frustrate even the most skilled player because a single move can make or break an entire game. A number of hands are simply unwinnable. But the most steadfast players will gamely soldier on to find their way to victory.”

And being Donald Rumsfeld, he even managed to get the permission of Churchill’s descendants to use both the family name and their famous ancestor’s face.

“I can’t say if this is the last app I’ll ever be involved in — after all, I’m only 83!” he wrote. “But it is safe to say that Mark Zuckerberg has nothing to worry about.”



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