January 21st, 2009
08:18 PM ET
7 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. DISGUSTED

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE ARE IN FOR IN THIS COUNTRY. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HIS PLANS ARE FOR US. DO YOU SEE HIM WEAR AN AMERICAN FLAG. DO YOU SEE WHERE HE IS GOING WITH THIS GITMOS, THOSE ARE HIS BUDDIES.

    January 21, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  2. BBHupendra

    Mr Hussain –

    Remember one thing – your job is to stand tall even when rest of the world is on other side. This is a big lesson to learn from great president Mr G W Bush. History will remember him for the man who saved nation to become another playground of terrorism.

    No matter what critics outline Bush's legacy, you are following him on time and thus show great respect and learn from him.

    Stop show off on common sense thing. Look at Sudan, Gaza, Mumbai, Somaliya, Saudi...you have lot more to do...and pls.....don't rush to send trrop for Afgan trip...that's the ;ast thing you wants to do in rush.

    January 21, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. Chris

    man the 22% is coming out now – i scrolled through here and read tributes to Bush and people saying the way he did it was the way it should be done? Ya'll are crazy. Who cares if he wears a coat & tie. Jefferson used to answer the door at the White House himself wearing his robe and bedroom slippers.

    January 21, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  4. Alan

    Bush kept on his jacket, while America lost its shirt.

    January 21, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  5. DISGUSTED

    DOES ANYONE HAVE GOD IN THEIR LIFE, DOES ANYONE READ THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS AND EZEKIEL. THE RAPTURE THE JUDGEMENT, THE TRIB IN AMERICA TODAY. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT PLANS IRAN HAS FOR US VIA OBAMA.

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WE HAVE NO SUPPORT FORM ANYONE. DOES ANYONE DO THEIR HOMEWORK ON LONG RANGE OBJECTIVE GOALS.

    DID ANYONE PREPARE FOR FOOD SHORTAGES, ETC, ETC.

    ARE WELL SLEEPING IN LA LA LA LAND.

    January 21, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. lisa

    It just shows that Obama is comfortable in his new environment. He always takes his jacket off- that way he doesn't appear pompous in front of his supporters. It really doesn't matter either way- he's a been a better president in the last two days than Bush was in eight years. Bush is lucky he's not rotting in a federal prison for his crimes against humanity.

    He will be judged one day and that judge will show no mercy.

    "going dowwwwwwnnnnnnn"?

    January 21, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Fred

    I guess during the Clinton administration there wasn't a rule about keeping your pants on in the Oval Office. Hopefully, Obama will keep his on.

    January 21, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. Shannon

    Bush wore a jacket in the oval office, it did not help him to be a better president. He got absolutely nothing good accomplished. What's a jacket got to do with it.

    January 21, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. California

    I’m scared to death. Day one and our new president is spending the day making sure the terrorists are well taken care of. His highest priority is making sure Gitmo is closed and the terrorists are comfortable. Our families are hungry, we are losing our job, stock market has crashed, 401K’s are empty and he is worried about the terrorist? Something is terribly wrong here.

    January 21, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Sid

    170 million on a party, when we have all of these problems. How would you react if McCain had won and spent 50 million.

    January 21, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  11. brian

    first,let me say that this is a great time in american history. the first african american president is now seated. i believe that he is a good and honest man.i also believe that he is going to be an exceptional president.that being said,i am looking foward to the time when i can turn on cnn and get news other than that pertaining to president obama.if this obsessive coverage continues,perhaps we will need to rename cnn to cnnao(certainaly nothing but news about obama)

    January 21, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. DISGUSTED

    DO YOU IDIOTS KNOW WW WENT FORM BAD TO DISASTER. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW STUPID AND VULNERABLE WE AMERICANS AND THE BIMBOS WHO VOTED THIS MONKEY IN.

    DO YOU KNOW THE REVOLTIONS THAT WILL COME FROM THIS. DO YOU HAVE PLACES TO HIDE WHEN THE BOTTOM FALLS OUT. ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE SUPRISES OBAMA THE MOMMA MONKEY WILL HAVE FOR US AND WHEN IT COMES.

    START THINKING AND PLANNING A SAFETY MEASURE.

    January 21, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. LALA

    Let see what bush will be wearing on daily basis.Wearing jacket
    does not measure once capacity of performing your daily duties.
    Bush can go to the bushes and wear animal skins now.Who cares
    about him now? Bush is being bushed on 20th january,2009.

    January 21, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. Walter Threadgill

    All you people just go ahead and run down Bush. Look back 8 years before Bush you had a draft dodging baby kiling pot smoking, queer loving sex crazy idiot that did nothing. So what

    Y'all shut up. If you think you could do any bedtter get your butt out there and run for president. WhAT YOU NEED TO DO IS PRAY FOR THIS MAN THAT HE HAS SUCCESS AND GET YOU EYES ON THE lORD. All you all can do is criticize.Shut up and get a life.

    January 21, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  15. Cogtio

    I believe it is imperative that conservatives demonstrate the same respect to BO as he and his liberal supporters demonstrated toward Bush for 8 year.

    In other words it is time to start impeachment procedings for failing to provide for our common defense by transporting terrorist to the United States which endangers the lives of American citizens.

    January 21, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Steve

    steve foster

    ahhh, your such a booshie....don'y you realize what Dubya has done to this country

    January 21, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  17. TCM

    wow...now that's change we can believe in...what a savior! He actually decided something!

    January 21, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    It's too bad it took the collapse of our society to get an honest guy in office.

    January 21, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  19. alma Jean Moore

    come on folks, i think it is just fine how our new president was dressed.if he would have had swimming trunks on. it would have been fine with me.HE IS OUR PRESIDENT.......BE GLAD!!!

    January 21, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. Martin del Mazo

    What's missing in this picture?... I fear we will have an answer to that question very shortly.

    January 21, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. Mr X

    I am an Obama supporter and am anticipating his presidency with excitement. He is an innovator and uses his brain to make decisions rather than the puppet strings other presidents relied on. For instance. . . its hot, im taking off my jacket. It may be subtle but it is a sheer example of independent thinking versus conformity which by chance is one of the reasons that made our country great and seperates us from the rest of the world.

    The following is a quote from one of the least important people in our nation. He goes by the code name rave in cnn forums.

    "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 ????"

    I am absolutely appauled by the blatant hipocrisy in the comment by Rave quoted above. Immediately after making the point that any president deserves our respect he then took a giant metaphorical deuce all over his credibility. If we are to respect Obama based off of his role as leader of the free world alone, than regardless of how unproductive and incompetent President Bush was he should be given the same respect.

    And for all you racist morons who have said such things as "next he'll have buckets of KFC thrown bout the place". . . . .You all need to go home, fill your bathtubs with 156 degree scolding hot broccolli and cheese soup, fill the tub with 7 poorly fed pirana, take 13 hits of extacy 3 hours in advance, 43 sleeping pills 5 minutes in advance and a handfull of pop rocks 20 seconds in advance, than strip naked, pour a gallon of gasoline on your head, use a match to set yourself a blaze, now once you begin to scream make sure you have Wesley Snipes there dressed as a clown with a shotgun to shoot you in the chest knocking you into the tub. You racist bum.

    January 21, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. Atthebeach - Florida

    So what if he took his jacket off. Maybe he is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for a country that needs a change. We should be more concerned with what a person does in the White House rather than some stupid traditon about a jacket.

    January 21, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  23. big mike

    It's very clear that the foaming-at-the-mouth, completely malicious and idiotic sufferers of BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) are still alive and well. Attention: Get a Life! Get Over It! Bush is now very happily retired!

    As for Harvard, I would point out that Bush is a Harvard MBA (the most prestigious business school in the world) while Obama is Harvard Law (a good law school, but not the best), and they are more similar than different.

    Those who spew their hatred are the idiots, and I guarantee that not one of them in the bunch is Harvard educated (and I wonder how many of them even have any college time under their belts–not many, judging from the way they write).

    One can only hope that 0bama will keep his trousers on, unlike the last Democrat president.

    January 21, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  24. Break Them All

    Any "rule" buSH had was likely criminal or just plain idiotic, so break all of them.

    Let him tumble into the abyss of history.

    January 21, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. Mike

    Sounds about right. Screw the Constitution, who cares about human rights, let's go kill a half million Iraqis...but make sure you wear your blazer in my presence!

    January 21, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
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