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. Steve

    and also, on retirement, yes, I can retire at 55, with 30 years...the way it is I will retire at 60 with 37 years between active duty Navy and federal work...
    V...can you say as much or are you an underemployed pedofile driving and ice cream truck somewhere....hmmmmmm?

    January 21, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. Shunn D. Bailey Maplesville Alabama

    Mr. Obama looks like a normal man at work! I love it! It makes me feel good to be a BLACK man in America! If this is ALL you "Anti Barack" people have to talk about, go and join the Bush's in Texas. Cowgirls and Cowboys! Those days are over! We the people need to as a whole need to get on the same page as Barack and help this Nation really be a Great place to be. He is a Peace maker, and knows what it means to work hard.

    January 21, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. Cheryl from MN

    Good! Maybe if they all feel comfortable at work they can do a better job. I am all for it. Go Obama! I love the changes he making.

    January 21, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Robert

    Wearing a jacket may not make him a better president, but it will help how others around the world perceive him. We're a nation built on Godly principles and values and like Bush, I hope he makes the right decisions on fundamental issues. That will be the key factor as to how strong of a nation we are in the future.

    January 21, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Charlie

    Wow – what decisiveness! If he institutes a shoe-optional policy for the Rose Garden, why ... this is the Hope and Change we've earned.

    January 21, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. David , MA

    I can't belive this is news. Like there isn't more important things to cover.

    January 21, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. deegee

    President Obama is going to work. Mr. Bush was up for a photo-op

    January 21, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. JG

    Maybe he can also remove the "pants required" rule like Clinton did.

    January 21, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. plexed

    That picture is absolutely awesome. A simple symbol of how far we have come...

    January 21, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Donna

    This is not a dress code folks..this is a PERSONAL PREFERANCE..geesh...you poor folks need to get a life...

    Auzzievick..who in the h*ll is BARRACK..your insult would have worked if you learned to spell his name correctly...

    Robby..we do love those Democrats...you wish you were like them and had a reason to take your pants off...

    Dick...your name suits you!!! Now go back into your double wide and eat your Ramen Noodles...

    January 21, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. erin

    must be that obama is prepared to roll-up his sleeves and get down to serious work. by all appearances, it seems that bush's only time in the oval office was for photo opps.....

    January 21, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. carment

    There is only one President at a time. As of 12 noon on January 20th, there were no longer any Bush rules to be scrapped. The only Presidential rules in effect are those of President Obama.

    January 21, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Doug

    If he wants to take his jacket off that is fine. Mr Bush did not because he wanted to show respect for the office, same as Ron Reagan. Clinton showed disrespect for the office by dropping his pants and getting oral copulation. This is not that big of a deal. Do not knock Obama for taking it off, Do not knock Bush for leaving it on. It is just symbolism dumba$$es

    January 21, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. Lauren

    Dear Mr. President: Don't start following that trend Bill set by stripping off your garments in the Oval office, please. Show decorum and respect for the position and the place.

    January 21, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. Vinnie

    That's because Bush was never at his desk long enough to take it off.

    January 21, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. hope in troubled times

    The man carries himself with dignity and gravity that supercedes any suitcoat. Let's get a reality check – if we were to stop in to see PM Brown, President Sarkozy, or the CEO of any major global corporation, I would bet the ranch that they don't wear suitcoats 24/7. Let's move on to more important topics like keeping the US from sliding into the abyss.

    January 21, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  17. Soccer Nana

    Let me get this straight – Bush took his OFFICIAL presidential portrait in a light green looking oxford style shirt; yet, Obama is disrespecting the office by being COMFORTABLE WHILE HE WORKS.

    If the "rule" under Dubya was to always wear a jacket, why have your "official" portrait made without a jacket?

    January 21, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Les

    President Obama is going to do some work in the Oval Office for a change something Bush never did.

    January 21, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. Ken Rigsby

    Holy cow, stop the presses, cut into the broadcasts, let's have a 20/20 episode dedicated to this subject... Obama isn't wearing a jacket. This guy could burn his toast and make the news.

    January 21, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    And you don't think THIS picture is a photo-op? Seriously.

    January 21, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. JM

    It's a new day. Obama came to Washington to get things done and to air the place out: of its seemingly never-ending lies & subterfuge, behind-closed-door deal making, corruption and shallowness. It feels like the winds of change (and right) are blowing through this land. The picture of him at his desk sans jacket (sans hypocrisy) is a sight to behold.

    Mr. Smith has come to Washington and may the corrupt (and clueless) beware.

    God bless him.

    January 21, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. Elisa Dean

    Good for him... he should make his own rules & regulations.

    January 21, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  23. Steve

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    Hey, V, 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 in 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 .....

    January 21, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Wow this is news???? Ok so what's wrong with what he wears while he's working in HIS office. This is such a lame topic and what's even worse is that me and many others have just commented on it. OMG let the man do his job the and drop it.

    January 21, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. Wilson James

    Good for Obama. Any change form the stiff , imperial and overly secretive and formal Bush years is welcome. Seems like those Connecticut Yankees ( please, he is NOT a Texan) put more stock in formality than results.

    January 21, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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