January 21st, 2009
08:18 PM ET
7 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. Big T

    You notice the Republicans always have something negative to say when it comes to any Democrat. I am just trying to figure out at what point are the people for the good of the country? Oh yeah that is right! It is only when there candidate is in office. I think the Oval office sets the tone about how this country does things. If Barack rolls his sleeves up and get to work in the Oval Office and get to work making this country a better place for all American's then each of us as American Citizens can do the same. After all, we all want what is good for the country right?

    January 21, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. LYNETTE IN CA

    i'm sure there will be a whole bunch of bush rules thrown out the window. Thank goodness!

    January 21, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Kelly

    I only signed in to post a comment for one reason: of all the important headlines on this page–THIS is what you signed in to comment about, to make ridiculous, predjudiced and just plain stupid statements towards our new president. Of course, andy l, dick c, frank, laughin @ lib. etc...etc...etc...we should already expect this of you...it's people like you that contributed to the past 8 years of hell....why don't you go into a headline about guat. bay or something important and say something intelligent, if possible!~

    January 21, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. new yorker

    Really – is this news? Who cares what rules bush put in place. we all know were it got us. the nightmare is gone, just move on

    January 21, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. LM

    Just like wearing pantyhose in ANY office should not be a requirement.
    Good for Obama!

    January 21, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Mya

    Uhm, petty.......

    January 21, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. lorraine

    thats just what he promised he would do, roll up the shirt sleeves and get down to business. Bush was all about appearances and he walked with his arms away from his sides sort of a swagger, this would of been too noticeable with just a shirt on.

    January 21, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Sleepless in MI

    Well, Bush didn't do anything in the Oval Office except use his rubber stamp (prior to 2006), and after that, his veto pen. I guess you can get by with wearing your constricting jacket if you're only going to be in the Oval Office working for 1 or 2 seconds.

    January 21, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. lr

    I guess it was silly of me to read this headline and think that perhaps the article would be about something substantive like abortion, health care, or foreign affairs. CNN will apparently keep us up to date on more important matters.

    January 21, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Miss A

    TrueEthic is an idiot. Who works 8 hours a day straight with no breaks? You are to blame for the economy. You probably don't even have a job!

    January 21, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. jar

    looks very sloppy and non-professional

    January 21, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. LisaB

    Honestly, as long as he does his job, cares about the American people, and represents us well in public. I don't care what the man has on!

    January 21, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. AustinGal

    It makes him look like he's actually working, which, after 8 years, is something that I have missed.

    January 21, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. kelly

    After the day the President and 1st Lady had yesterday, I wouldn't mind if they came to work in their jammies.
    He's definitely getting down to business and though he's not even my leader, he most certainly has inspired me to get down to mine. If only my country had someone willing to not only work on his own country WITH THE PEOPLE, but the world too???? I would consider myself blessed.

    January 21, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. ran

    Good for Obama. We see what keeping a jacket on has done for us these last 8 yrs.

    January 21, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. Dan

    This simple fact is.....Bush showed respect for the office by requiring jackets in the oval office. similar to not wearing head gear indoors. Its a traditional and conservative standpoint.

    Obama will have his own way of enforcing respect for the office.

    Thats it!

    Bush haters..........get real
    Obama haters......get used to it

    January 21, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. JFK

    Its his turn to be President and he can break with tradition. Lets face it, with whats facing Obama to fix, let him do what he wants with minor stuff like this. After 8 years of jacket wearing by Bush, apparently thats all that got done in the Oval Office while the country crumbled under his lack of leadership!

    January 21, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Mysti Girl

    To Rachel,

    So you are a racist. In your comment pasted below who are the THEY...Seems like a ugly remark regarding african americans. Shame on you! What makes you so superior...we all bleed red and cry salty tears.

    January 21st, 2009 5:10 pm ET
    already showing a lack of respect for the office. Sloppy dress leads to sloppy work. And we already know they have sloppy thinking.

    January 21, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. Steve Taylor

    How is it possible for Obama to break a Bush rule when Bush is no longer president? Wasn't this picture taken after noon on January 20 which means the Bush White House is now history and President Obama gets to establish HIS own rules?

    January 21, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. POTUS!

    I love this President. My generation will work for change – real work. Like the POTUS we will roll up our sleeves and get to work.

    Let the cynics continue to say stupid things – it is expected of them.

    January 21, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    Michelle Bell from Alabama,

    you give hope to me that Alabama might yet join the 20th century, and maybe even the 21st,
    if not, we'll always have a place for you in Southern Cali.

    January 21, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Andyb

    Hey Obama, better have the cleaning staff scrape the bottom of the desk for buggers.

    January 21, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. Gene

    So when's Hawaiian shirt day at the Oval Office? :)

    January 21, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. Chris

    I'm sure he'd allow reporters and photographers in there if he were having "serious" phone calls. Or maybe privacy isn't important to the President, why don't we just put a web cam in the Oval Office, that way we don't need the media at all?....

    January 21, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. demo318

    I just hope that he's not on a slippery slope to deformalizing the presidency. I still want my leader to be dignified.

    January 21, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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