January 21st, 2009
08:18 PM ET
11 months ago

A major Bush rule gets scrapped by Obama

What’s missing in this picture?
What’s missing in this picture?

(CNN) - It's the same Oval Office. The same desk. Even the same curtains. But President Obama has already made one major change: Go through eight years of White House photos, and you won't find one of former President Bush in the Oval Office without his jacket on.

It wasn't just a personal preference. In the Bush administration, it was a rule: Jackets in the Oval Office - and now, it seems, one of the first Bush-era regulations to get scrapped in the Obama White House.

– CNN's John King contributed to this report


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  1. Doesn't take a rockey scientist

    Obama: A President with common sense
    Bush: A man with no common sense

    January 21, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. The Spinach Admirer

    I personally have always thought that the business uniform of coat and tie looked idiotic. I hope men will finally, one day, free themselves from that dumb look. Either that, or make women wear coat and tie too. Why should they be exempt?

    January 21, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Val in MA

    Yeah, big deal CNN and worthy of news too!

    January 21, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Barb

    Why stop there, pant's can't be seen behind the desk!

    January 21, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Lisa in Iowa

    Can't roll up your sleeves and get to work if you're wearing a coat!

    January 21, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Independent Dave, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Roll up your sleeves, take your shoes off, whatever it takes to get the job done! Might as well be comfortable for the next 8 years!

    January 21, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. melancholymonday

    It's easier to roll up your sleeves and get to work with no jacket. Good for him.

    January 21, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. TjayeInLA

    I get it. Take off your jacket, roll up your sleeves and let's get to work!!

    Love it!

    January 21, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. terrible_machine

    Hmmmm...I seem to remember The Arsenio Hall Show. When it started, the host was all dressed up in suits & what not..gradually he switched to casual wear....then the vivid colors moved in...purple, yellow....

    With Obey not wearing a jacket....what next? Rap music?

    January 21, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Marc in Virginia

    Wow, he's so brilliant! Another first! He has such great ideas... okay, this is not a knock on Obama. CNN, I think it's time to get back to reporting the news.

    January 21, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Felonious Monk

    How is this "tidbit" news?

    January 21, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. karen-Phoenix

    As a 40 year long republican–YEA PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!! Change everything!!!

    January 21, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Miltrez

    CNN...come on....report something newsworthy. This guy is gonna get spectacled to death by this mundane reporting. No one cares whether he wore a jacket or not. Just that he is doing his job. One mans preference for decorum does not make a news story...

    January 21, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. bill

    waaaa cnn is really news.bush may have had jacket on.just more places to hide secreats.BUSH IS GONE FINALLY.THANK GOD.just give obama a little time to fix bushes mess.

    January 21, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Bruce

    What's missing in the picture?

    Inaction.

    Changing this "rule" is more than symbolic, but the symbolism itself is powerful. Obama is saying that "we get things done." We don't stand on ceremony, and that ACTION and RESULTS matter more than APPEARANCES.

    A breath of fresh air after 8 years of rot.

    January 21, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Patricia

    That's because for 8 years little work was done in the Oval Office.
    This office will be used for real work.
    A concept unfamiliar to the last inhabitant!

    January 21, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Perkins

    He has to make the office his own. he has to create a new working enviornment that is conducive for him. He is doing what he needs to do to be the new Decider and Chief

    January 21, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Sheila Williams-Orlando, Fl

    You can tell a jacket don't make you who you are.

    January 21, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. chelle

    Go Obama....you look like you are actually working not just sitting behind the desk....

    January 21, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. President Barack Obama

    It's been loooong time coming……… Change Gone Come!!!!!

    January 21, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. -Reason-

    My Man!!!

    January 21, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    Goes to show, some people pretend to be professionals (coats and ties on bla bla bla), some people just are professional.

    Heck the whole bush Presidency was about smoke and mirrors. Remember, every time bush visited a disaster area he would roll up his sleeves, like he was going to do some work.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAA,

    Golden boy work?
    Naaaaah.
    (smoke and mirrors)

    January 21, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Robert Montelon

    Wearing a coat and tie in the Oval Office was done by Bush, Reagan and most of the other presidents as a sign of respect for the office of the President. But, in today's world maybe the photo op showing a jacketless president with his sleeves rolled up and ready to work is more important. Who knows what is right anymore.

    January 21, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Renee Moussougan

    Mr. President, should feel and be comfortable in his own office without being judged for something that is so not relivant right now. He has to fix alot that is broken who cares if he does not wear a jacket alone in his office. He is being real so keep it up Barack.

    Soul in the WhiteHouse

    Renee'

    January 21, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. rockturner

    Says a great deal about our
    New President and how he views his job function.

    He is there to roll up his sleeves and take on the tasks that need to be done.

    A role we all need to follow. No more standing on ceremony.

    We have tough tasks ahead. And, we will meet them in whatever
    mode makes the most sense. Good Old Fashion Common Sense.

    Says volumes on how people will be engaged, into the process of
    moving the country forward. And, how comfortable people visiting the oval office will feel sharing their ideas.

    Bravo Mr. President. Bravo.

    We all have to

    January 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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