January 21st, 2009
08:18 PM ET
9 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. Sally

    Makes sense – it's hard to roll up your shirt sleeves and get to work if you keep your jacket on!

    January 21, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Seriously. Can we find more interesting things to report on.

    January 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Debby, NJ

    Go President Obama!!
    No stuffyness in this administration, why would Bush have his staff walk around in jackets all day?...how uncomfortable.

    January 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Mickie

    GREAT! It's a shame Bush wasn't more into work ethics than looks!

    January 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Monica

    No time for formalities, it's time to get down to business!

    January 21, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Obama 2.0

    Whatever it takes to get the job done. It wont be about phot ops it will be about results. He can wear a Barney costume if it helps him get the job done!

    January 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. MEP

    What about shirts and ties?

    January 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. naomi

    this is news? is this supposed to be something to make GW sound bad? Who gives a rip!

    January 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Ms. Billie C. Houpt

    What a great common sense rule!

    How do you "work" in a jacket anyway? I bet we will even see President Obama in the Oval office with his shirt sleeves rolled up. Hopefully the people working with him will have the ability and drive to follow his lead and roll up their sleeves also !

    January 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Lolita

    If taking your jacket off allows you to get more work done than President Bush did, then be my guest. I don't care if he takes his shoes off as long as he gets this country back on its feet!!!

    January 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Janet - Missouri

    Good for Obama! It's easier to roll up your shirt sleeves without a suit jacket on. Now we'll get some work done. :-)

    January 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Grace

    It's OK – he looks great. He is alone and not entertaining or meeting with White House guests. The Oval Office is the President's office, and he should be able to work there comfortably. "43" had his own style, and that's OK too.

    January 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. KY Sunshine

    The only thing that would be better was if his shirt sleeves were rolled up!

    January 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Patty in the CA mountains

    What an example of the "look of propriety" practiced by the old and the REAL-ness of the new....I love it

    January 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Matt

    Bush's "Pants Optional" Rule still stands though.

    January 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. From Minneapolis

    Good, I am glad. Just because you wear a suit doesn't mean you are in control, professional or even smart.

    January 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. HSNP

    What a ridiculous rule.

    January 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Me

    The roomer is that Bush guys didn't have their underwear on!

    January 21, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Auzzievick

    So much for total respect for the Office of the Presidency..........Ronald Reagan never walked into the Oval Office without a coat on, but then Barrack is no Ronald Reagan

    January 21, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. BigBear

    It is quite obvious that Darth Vadik missed one of Obama's requests. Son, it is time to grow up and get rid of your childish toys.

    January 21, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Happywithchange

    I don't care if they wear their bathing suits, as long as the work gets done. The old school rules about jackets and other formalities that do not affect production need to go.

    January 21, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. wjdpar@yahoo.com

    As time goes on I think we will be finding out more of Bush's rules, probably some coming very close to criminal.

    January 21, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Rena

    Pffftttt...trying to show what a 'hard working' guy he is. Whatever. Just another photo op...When will people actually get a clue, and awake from the brainwashing?

    January 21, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. jayemdub

    This is 'history' in the making? Boy, I already miss GWB!

    January 21, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Mike Dallas

    At least Obama sees it as a place to actually work and not just pose and retend to work for a photo op!

    January 21, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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