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

A major Bush rule gets scrapped by Obama

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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. RDC

    The question is simple. Do you work better when you are comfortable, or uncomfortable?

    I don't care if he wears a prom dress, a push-up bra, and a tiera as long as he gets the job done!

    Take off your jacket, roll up your sleeves, have a seat, and give us the help we so desperately need!!!

    January 21, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Terri

    Obama is going to reverse everything Bush did just to make a statement. He reminds me of how my son acted the first time I let him stay by himself. I hope he can grow into that office someday but I doubt it.

    January 21, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Patricia Coker

    I beg your pardon about the "Harvard Education". Sometimes all it takes is money, anyone with money can BUY their education even if they're NOT smart.

    January 21, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Rags

    All that is needed to answer the question "what is wrong with our country", is to peruse these blogs.

    From the poorest, uneducated indigent, to the wealthiest and most educated individuals, this trite and fickle mentality is becoming the building block and foundation for our own demise!

    Regardless of your political affiliation, wouldn't we be better served to refrain from ignorant banter, keeping our negative sick comments to ourselves? Couldn't we instead contribute something positive and intelligent or......keep our mouths shut?

    The petty, ignorant tripe I've read in these blogs, whether against President Bush-or-President Obama, can serve no purpose other than to destroy. Think of what could be accomplished if the time spent in wallowing in this filth were to be directed in a positive direction, aimed at accomplishment and fulfillment.

    This leaves me with only one question:

    "CAN YOU DO BETTER THAN WHAT HAS OR WHAT WILL BE DONE"! Feel free to participate....

    January 21, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Well , it was very openly said as an Afican American President, so the time has come to change the name of the "White House" to something more meaning full.

    January 21, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. shaide

    who cares really? I don't care if he's wearing boxers or whatever...honestly, I think Obama is getting WAY too much attention for nothing. It's kind of making me regret voting for him.

    Let him do his job, stop making a big deal on what he's wearing, stop turning him into a commercial icon, and just let him work!

    Oh, and you know what? If he decides to eat a cheese burger in his office next week, I don't think that's media worthy either...geebus

    January 21, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Ms M L Beckham

    This is not a big deal. If working in his shirt sleeves helps him get the job done, it's okay be me. Obama has his own style and manner of doing things! I wish him all the best!

    January 21, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. EA

    He needs some more paperwork on his desk.

    January 21, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. dick donnelly

    It is comforting to see that my new president is interested in issues and not show.

    January 21, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. SJW

    What does it matter jacket or not, just as long as he is doing his job.

    January 21, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    BigT, It really goes both ways. Liberals are upset when somebody says sometime negative about President obama, Conservatives are angry when somebody says something negative about former President Bush! Somebody's just gonna have to be the grownup! I just hate the hypocracy on BOTH sides!

    January 21, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. Honolulu Resident

    Well they have fianlly been able to identify the stench in the White House.... B.O.

    January 21, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  13. Cathy

    Let him take off his shirt and have his tie off.

    January 21, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. Laurie

    Just another reminder that Obama doesn't really have a clue about being the president of the United States of America. He is in over his head. God Help Us!

    January 21, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Ed

    For those of you who cant remember 8 years ago, the one thing Bush was big on was bringing respect back to the office. After the scandals of the Clinton years he wanted to show he respected the office. You can agree or disagree with what happened the last several years, but at least have some sense of history and understand why this story was written.

    People's ignorance is shown by their responses in this blog, it proves you should have to take a test to vote in this country!

    January 21, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. tony

    you go mr. president..........naked or with clothes president obama will get the job done and we as the people should show faith and willingness to stand by his side and show the world as a unified nation we are one............out with the old in with the new.......

    January 21, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. Scott L

    Does Obama think he is chillin in a lounge somewhere? GET TO WORK!

    January 21, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. Seek Geo

    Geez.. I don't care if he's naked as long as he gets his work done. *rolls*

    -SG

    January 21, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Bald Ex-Soldier

    Hard to roll up your sleeves to get work done when you are worried about 'looking good' with your coat on.
    Hoya for Obama.

    Ok, now can we focus on the slightly more important issues of the economy, defense, and true homeland security (not the farce Bush sold us).

    January 21, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. mcabigon

    How childish to pick on Obama not wearing a suit. Did it make Mr Bush better in leading the country for the last eight years wearing the suit. We are in our worst time for the last 8 years and I think the suit has to do something about it so take the suit off...Go Obama.

    January 21, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. robinhood

    Just another boss demanding his staff to follow or get out...

    January 21, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. Penn Voter

    Wow, we're save for sure now. That's CHANGE. !!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. Larry

    Obama starts out the vary first day with showing no respect for the oval office,does it just go down hill from here???

    January 21, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. Good Grief

    Do you guys have to swoon every time Obama scratches himself? BTW, I hear that the only reasons cell phones didn't work at the "coronation" was that the lights weren't shining on the chosen one.

    January 21, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. Tope

    Idiots trying to reinforce negative stereotypes. Mr. President, go to the oval office in speedos if you want!

    January 21, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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