January 21st, 2009
08:18 PM ET
8 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. marcus

    Why not be comfortable? Makes sense to me.

    January 21, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    ALL of Bush's rules need to get scrapped!! He wore his suit and looked polished (or tried) and drove this country AND his party to the ground. All you blind republicans, wake up and thank God we have Obama... a thinker, a doer. How much time did Bush stay in the Oval office anyway?

    January 21, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. knat

    wow, I guess that shows what kind of president we will have. A casual and not serious one.

    January 21, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. CR

    So what? Forget the dress code and I don't care if he smokes a bong in the Oval Office (but he better stay away from Monica's replacement)... he just needs to do the job well. That's it... and I didn't vote for him.

    January 21, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. scott

    now all obama needs to do is trash any pictures hanging on the wall of Bush (jr and sr)...; hell, a fresh start means getting RID of any evidence of past horrible incompetence...

    scott in NH

    January 21, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Dr Rick

    Mr. King shows once again why he deserves his reputation as a journalist

    January 21, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Richard L. Burton III

    A bullcrap attempt to cause a stir for the media to get some traffic. Bush killed 1,000's of people and Obama's first day they want to talk about him not wearing a Jacket?

    Find some real news to cover.

    January 21, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Olga Levin

    Im speechless...Don't we got better things to cover than this?

    January 21, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. Fellow Hawaii High School Grad

    But, brah! Gotta make 'em Aloha Shirts on Friday!!

    January 21, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. bob

    Jacket ? I agree with Brutis. There was no reason for Bush to take off his jacket since he hasn't worked in 8 years. He should have kept his hat on as well.................... and how about rush slimeball saying that he hopes Obama fails. I hope he moves to another country he should not even have a public voice. To say that he hopes Obama fails means that he is against all that Obama stands for including Unity which is the opposite of divisiveness, and divisiveness is the same as segregation which is the battle cry of all racists, so that makes Limbaugh one in the worst way. That also makes him un American, because if our leader fails, so does our country. Limbaugh, Rove and Chaney needs to be placed in the middle of the Atlantic in a row boat.

    January 21, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. db

    Get rid of that ugly carpet!

    January 21, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. indiana voter

    @Big T

    I think you forgot to say that Democrats always have something to say negative about Republicans too. Or, did you forget the last eight years of hate filled speech coming from the Democrat Party?

    People like you make me laugh because you show your double-standard. What? You don't like it when Republicans constantly say negative things about Democrats? Now you know how it felt the last 8 years for Republicans having to listen to your crap.

    January 21, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. KC - Iowa

    I don't care if he wears shorts and a t-shirt. He's been a long time coming!

    January 21, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. AnaB

    I work for a law firm and every attorney takes their jacket off as soon as they get in. They only wear them in meetings, not in their office working. It's really not a big deal and neither Bush nor Obama are wrong in this, it's their preference.

    January 21, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. SueB

    Amazed again how both sides will use anything to attack.

    I wear jeans to work and get more done then many of my coat and tie colleagues. However, there is a place and time for business attire, and I'm pretty sure Obama is smart enough to figure that out. Wasn't aware that a coat and tie = respect.

    Guess since Bush got no work done because of the coat and tie, Clinton and all the presidents before him also got no work done because they wore coat and tie.

    January 21, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. DClaire

    Guys: Clothing

    I was home in my PJ's and Robe on Inauguration Day

    When Joe Biden was sworn in as VP I stood up

    When Barack Obama was sworn in as President I stood up

    I was serious and I was a proud American...In my PJ's and Robe

    Happy days

    D.Claire

    January 21, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. CCryder

    Why not get rid of ties as well. In my experience, all ties do is restrict blood flow to the brain. You can tell because most people wearing ties act like idiots!

    January 21, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. Wong A P

    President Obama has sent all his messages openly and responsibly to not only the people of America but the people of the world who seek for peace for those who are suffering. How can we want peace without joining our hands to do the least we can by upholding the spark of the goodness he is doing, calling and caring. He is apealling to the world for reconciliation! He connected everyone to work for God alone to save the world . His courage to speak the truth and commitme in arming a sea of problems deserve the support of everyone worldwide. His humbleness! his courage! his simplicity! are the three golden keys to change war to harmony! Everyone knows that the end of the world is knocking at every human's heart at its door. He deserved I say His sense of carelessness of "without jacket on " in the vindyard is wonderful. He has come begin remaking the world! He has come to awaken the sleeping giant. Well done President Obama. Obama!

    January 21, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Chopperman

    That's the easiest question I've been asked all year – The President. is missing in this picture. This seat is occupied by a foreign born imposter with no respect for our nation, laws, or history. Don't expect any respect from me.

    January 21, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. redsoxfan23

    I'm not a fan of the harsh criticism for our former president, Bush. You might not agree with what he accomplished but he did to do work in this tough time. He's out and proceeding on with his life, let him be.

    January 21, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. Wise In S.C.

    Dick C., your name fits!

    p.s. is your last name Wadd?

    January 21, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. Rave

    For god's sake he is our President and learn to respect him.
    I don't know if there is any living organism on this planet who will miss Bush.
    We had a chimp in the white house for past 8 years.. what did he do ????

    January 21, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. Wise In S.C.

    Jeanne, simply put, YOU ARE STUPID!

    January 21, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. stag

    Okay, we got some change. Life is good, now.

    January 21, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. gina m

    I don't think I ever even saw a photo of Bush in the Oval Office in 8 years.
    Maybe he took of his jacket because he plans on staying a while.. getting comfortable and actually doing some work. On the job already. That is a beautiful thing Hope for more photos to come.

    January 21, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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