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. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    Robert, for al of you self-absorbed, uneducated, right-wing Christian nuts, I am sick and tired of hearing you bellow that this country was founded on Christian principles. Show me anywhere in American history where any group of people came to this country for establishing Christianity on it's soil. From everything that I have learned about this country's history–because I got a secular education that taught not Biblical history–people came to this country to escape religious persecution; they're primary purpose for their long and dangerous journey–where many left behind loved ones they knew they would likely never see again–was not based on establishing Christianity. Chirstian principles in America are only a by-product of a nation and people of search of a better life. So get a life and stop spatting off your misinforming dogma and do some secular reading.

    January 21, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. RMGofCO

    I love the picture. I agree with most of you. I don't care if he wears a jacket or not. I just want him to lead and work hard at fixing what is wrong with this country.

    As for you "fried chicken", "sloppy thinkers" and "bling" (I refuse to use the names of you, so vile) and the others who insist on spewing (still!!!) your racist and hateful words I say to you...President Obama is in that office working for you as well. He knows you and your type, but he will still be your President. I am so glad you are in the minority. I hope you find peace and happiness one day.

    January 21, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. dan

    just as long as his pants aren't drooping

    January 21, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. Julie

    It's called RESPECT and Obama shows total lack of it by not wearing his jacket.

    January 21, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. Larry C. in Houston TX

    THANK YOU, Ferrell From Houston !!!

    I Totally Agree !!

    January 21, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. Ronnie McDill

    What a shame – the professionalism we saw throughout the Bush administration has already come to a very quick end. I hope every day isn't dress down day in the White House – This special house and the people who work their are the face of our nation. Will military uniforms be abolished there too? Let's hope not. Their presence and service there should be aknowledged.

    January 21, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. lesfriendly

    cool. literally.

    January 21, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  8. Mark

    @Steve Foster
    What service? Starting an illegal war, increasing government corruption, or how bout my favorite, making the office of the president a joke?

    January 21, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  9. CAW

    @ Steve Foster – wow. Did you pay any attention whatsoever during the Bush administration? Or did you just stick the blinders on?

    Whatever good Bush may have done during his presidency was vastly overshadowed by the utter crap he fed the American public.

    I truly hope that "Steve Foster" is simply some guy trying to make a joke.

    January 21, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. Mike

    OK folks..

    I'm an Aussie and we tend to be a little suspicious of coat-and-tie blokes. I run a research department – and I haven't work a suit jacket to work for over 20 years.

    He seems to be a decent character, and it's about time you yanks got a better boss. Bloody good luck to him, and I hope he never needs it!

    Looks like he'd probably make a pretty good Aussie.

    (Think about it cobber)

    January 21, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. Chris

    Didn't vote for him..... So he wants to not follow tradition...... It's not a law, it's a choice. It's also not news.....

    January 21, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. CC, CA

    To all Obama HATERS don't hate congratulate. Our new commander in chief deserves the up most respect that was given to the presidents before him. Anyway lets not forget the White House was built by slaves I'm sure there was no compensation given. It don't matter if he wears the suit coat or not. Hooray to the First Family. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    January 21, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. Bri

    So... Bush's frequent misuse of the English language, and aptitude for taking meetings with foreign heads of state with his feet up on the table are alright, so long as he's wearing a jacket? That's what is considered "respecting" the office/title? Okay. Just checking.

    January 21, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  14. Tariq

    Can you ever imagine Bush putting a pay freeze on himself and on his administration because they are not supposed to get rich for serving a financially-ailing country?

    THAT...is the difference between Obama and Bush...a conscience

    January 21, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. Larry C. in Houston TX

    Thank You Andrea, I do Too !!

    January 21, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  16. Linda from San Diego

    Someone asked, what did President Bush do? Let’s see….

    1) Quadrupled aid to Africa and was accredited for saving 10 million lives.
    2) Brought dignity back to the White House after Clinton stained it.
    3) The first major terrorist attacked was at the 1972 Munich Olympics, no president. since that date has tried to stop the “saw your head off with a rusty knife” terrorist except for Regan and Bush.
    4) Gave EVERY tax paying citizen a tax cut.
    5) Forced N. Korea to work with multi-national panel
    6) Got Libya to give up nukes
    7) Forced Syria to leave Lebanon
    8) Paid off US debt to UN
    9) MADE US FEEL SAVE WHEN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WAS SCARED AFTER 9/11.
    The list of his accomplishments is miles long. This man did a great job even when trying to work with a hostile and unfair congress.

    January 21, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  17. Eugene Denson

    John King "contributed" to this report? There are only 88 words. Which ones are not his? How many writers does it take to say that Bush ordered jackets on in the Oval office and Obama did not? If this report is a collaboration, then I suggest trimming your writing staff would be a great way to ease the economic pain you may feel in 2009.

    January 21, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  18. Paula Ivie

    Sorry dave b. it's not "his office" it's the PEOPLES Office, its the "PEOPLES" house. President Obama is occuplying that space to do my work. He works for you and me and every citizen of this great nation. My clergyman wears his jacket as a sign of respect when he occupies the house belonging to the "LORD". It comes down to respect and humility of where he's at and those who have servered before him.

    January 21, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. FlamingoShane

    George Bush has left a monumental pile of carnage, destruction and waste, in his wake. Just may be, The darkness would have been less, if CNN had the motivation and courage to show that under the Suits in the suites, chambers and offices of the White House, were men and women with icy hearts and ruthless, despotic temperaments.

    It is great to see that at long last, there is a President of moral and spiritual dignity, who is more focus on substance, than on superficial forms and mediocrity.
    By the I gave my vote to Ralph Nader, because I think that ultimately, if the nation is to have a progressive future, we must break the strangle hold of the two party system.

    January 21, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. Hal Summers

    The Bush Administration was all about appearances. Too bad it never appeared to know what it was doing.

    I'd also like to know what planet Steve Foster is from.

    January 21, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. Denise....Boardman, Ohio

    I find it humorous that ((some)) of the LESS educated people on these boards are criticizing President Obama for "taking off his jacket in HIS own home." He would NEVER disrespect 'THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE" for he has too much respect for himself and his family. Our country is in terrible shape, the world is almost in a virtual stand still and some of you idiots are making statements about "chicken buckets" and racist nonsense....get a life and grown the HEII up!!!!

    January 21, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. Monix

    It just means he intends to get some work done and not just be a poser

    January 21, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  23. Molly

    I really don't care if the prez wears a jacket or not. I would like to comment that I go to a private school and a uniform is required. It's not a choice, just the rule. Sometimes there is nothing wrong with rules and traditions that's all.

    January 21, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. yaneyra

    hahahahaha!!! That is so good!! He does not need a jacket because he has a brain!!

    I love our PRESIDENT!!

    January 21, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  25. DISGUSTED

    I THINK YOU ALL BELONG IN THE NUTHOUSE AND EAT YOUR OWN NUTS. BECASUE YOU ALL ARE STUPID BIGTIME YOU AMERICAN BIMBOS

    January 21, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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