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

A major Bush rule gets scrapped by Obama

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(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. email4kh

    It's ironic that W was more focused on APPEARING professional than actually BEING professional.

    Well, at least he looked like he was supposed to be there.

    January 21, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. jlarsen

    so bush prefered to wear a jacket... obama does not... big deal

    obama can wear jeans, teevas, and a t-shirt to the oval office for all I care, and Bush could have too.

    In fact I'd prefer it if he did. All the hype about not being a politician as usual – the whole suit/tie look basically screams "I can look the part, but I don't have to acomplish anything."

    January 21, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. JOE KILOZ

    FREEZE,,,,,,,,,,,FEDERAL,,,,,,,,,,,,PAY,,,,,,,,,,FOR,,,,,,,,,ALL,,,,,,,,,,,,JUDGES,,,,,,,,,

    AND,,,,,,,,,,,,BUREAUCRATS,,,,,,,,,,,ROLL,,,,,,,,,,BACK,,,,,,,,,,SALARIES

    January 21, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Ronnie Watkins

    I appreciate President Obama s common touch and trying to be down to earth one of us type guys. But the Oval Office deserves the coat and tie and the formal professional look.
    He has another office he can do the causal look in. Let's keep this one at the level of repect it deserves.

    January 21, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. levanluong

    Such cavalier attitude does not bode well for the new president. He should not start using up the goodwill people have for him.

    January 21, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. jlarsen

    so bush prefered to wear a jacket... obama does not... big f'ing deal

    obama can wear jeans, teevas, and a t-shirt to the oval office for all I care, and Bush could have too.

    In fact I'd prefer it if he did. All the hype about not being a politician as usual – the whole suit/tie look basically screams "I can look the part, but I don't have to accomplish anything."

    January 21, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. donna

    Who cares our new President WEARS, it's what he DOES that counts! Bush looked like the stiff that he was in that suit! Thank God for Obama...he's comfortable and working on all the garbage left behind by the Suit and his pals!

    January 21, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Kevin

    It is about showing respect to the office. He should always wear a jacket. Especially when greeting people. You young people may not understand that but he needs to show respect to an older generation who he also is the President of.

    If the most powerful jobi n theworld doesn't require a dress code then what does. Grow up children.

    January 21, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Neutral

    This is news??? Who cares!!!

    January 21, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Geez, this is "news". I'm an old codger, so I've gone the whole route from when coats & ties were required office attire for men and dresses and high heels were required for women all the way down to the often overly "casual" attire accepted today. Trust me to Ms Houpt who questioned "how can you work in a coat"– it really can be done. :-) But does it really make any difference if Obama takes off his jacket? I don't care if Obama works in his pajamas just as long as he gets the job done.

    January 21, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. DA

    So, I take it that folk on this board WHO work in an office enviornment keep their jacket on while they are at their desk working? PLEASE give me a break!!!

    January 21, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. steve

    Dick C should take a break from making out with his sister and perhaps crack a book from time to time.... Then again, he probably figures he "dun reed gud" after finishing a Dr. Seuss story (televised).

    January 21, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. BRUTIS

    Good for Obama....It only means he plans to get something done...Bush never did a good days work in 8 years so had no reason to take off his coat...Maybe now some one will do some work in the Oval Office for a change..

    January 21, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Ian

    Hooray! This is exactly the change we've been hoping for! Good work everyone. Good work CNN for covering this!!!

    January 21, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. chaz

    i think he looks like he's working harder with his jacket off and his sleeves rolled up, i like it.

    January 21, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Ian

    He's got to roll up his sleeves if he's going to get to work at redistributing the wealth and borrowing more money....errr...I mean if he's going to fix the economy.

    January 21, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. jbs ohio

    Obama has done more in one day,than bush did in a whole year.

    January 21, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. crazielikafox

    Come on you all, remember his speech yesterday...un-clench those fist and PEACE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. Steve

    Hey, you with the vendetta for the federal government worker....I have worked hard in my career in a Naval Shipyard, for 33 years....I get less than my civilian counterparts do in civilian shipyards working the same ships...YOU need to get a clue..I pay as much tax as anyone else i the same income bracket, I get NO breaks as a federal employee....so why don't YOU go volunteer to have YOUR pay frozen and such, I have a family to feed also MORON !!!

    January 21, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. jmj

    Most successful people understand that you dress for success.

    Dress down and.... well let's all hope.

    January 21, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. PAC

    I used to take my jacket off when I was getting ready to do some serious engineering work. So I can see he is ready for the work at hand.

    January 21, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Stephen R

    Judge not a person by their wardrobe but by the output of their efforts. Judge not a person by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character (or their resume). Oops, sorry, I forgot how this person got elected, sans experience...

    January 21, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. LadyNoble

    Obama just so sllick with it...

    January 21, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Mike - Houston

    Next rule to go will be the no-smoking rule.

    January 21, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. Aksh

    Thanks V for sharing that information. You sound very knowledgeable.

    January 21, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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