January 21st, 2009
08:18 PM ET
10 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. Ellie

    THANK GOD, anyone with any sense knows that NO ONE who really works all day longs stays in their jackets. What planet was Bushman on? George W. Bush obviously was clueless in the 21st Century and was an even bigger idiot for even creating such an absurd rule. Bottom line.

    January 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Nebiyou

    Hey Chuck,
    The country not only survived but blossomed during the Clinton years.... It barely did during "the-white-house-respecting-citizen-disrespecting" president Bush...
    Get your data and mind right...

    Chuck Walla wrote
    No surpise here. Like the Clintons, Obama has no respect for the office. Or its traditions. I just hope the country survives the next 4 years.

    January 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Jeff

    I don't care if he's sitting in the oval office in his underwear with a toothbrush sticking out of his mouth and a messy sandwich on the Resolute Desk (please, don't do that though Mr. President)...as long as he gets the job done that we hired him for.

    January 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Rick

    So what. All we have here is a matter of personal preference and an interesting footnote, nothing more.

    January 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Cynic

    One more primitive ornamental ritual flushed, it feels good to have a White House atmosphere that looks, and feels real.

    January 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. You're kidding, right???

    Here's some hard-hitting journalism. But I see all the disciples lapping it up.

    January 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Scott the Independent

    Lets face it – its time to work not attempt to look pretty and polished. I guess when all you have is your looks to be concerned about nothing else really matters. Glad that dumbo is gone.

    January 21, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. lola

    It doesn't matter what he wears. Bush wore a jacket for 8 years, looked presentable and all, and where did that get us?! Who cares!

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Ash

    I love Cnn. I LOVE Obama.

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. william mistele

    In Hawaii where President Obama went to school, aloha shirts are normal for men in professional or formal settings. For example, want to tell who is a visitor from out of state at Church on Christmas Eve? It is a man wearing a tie.

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. William In Chicago

    Why do you need a suit jacket anyway. I wear a suit everyday, and the jacket comes off as soon as I walk through the door. The only time your jacket is needed is when you are in a meeting. Is Obama in a meeting in this photo? No. You try sitting for 8-10 hours in a suit jacket and see if you like it. Also has anybody heard of symbolism?

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. mike

    I have read some of the comments of the people above,it seem that they are a lot of ignorant people still in the U,S,A, and back ward thinking, like Andy L and the rest who is complaining about how the president is dress,do you alway sleep in pajamas to go to bed? do you alway wear the same outfit to work ? so why are you airing your mouth about the president ? don't you know most business men hang their jackets when in the office,for more than one reason it could get wrinkle and when they are ready to have they meetings it would not be in good shape, If you have nothing to say shutup.

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. LLM from MD

    This is ridiculous. Jacket on, Jacket off, who cares. Mr. President has more important things to do than worry about his Jacket and rules. Former President Bush should have been more concerned about other RULES. Like NOT breaking the law. Now that's news to debate!!!

    Get a life and stop criticizing, already!!!

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Garry

    Lawyers wear Suits when appearing in Court. In office quality of work is more important than dress. A person needs to be comfortably dressed while at work. Being too dressy will not enhance thinking process, work quality and ability to handle complex issues, which is really required of a President rather than a President who always remains dressed up in gaudy clothes to enhance his looks and appearance.

    January 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Gil

    It looks like our new president is ready to get down to work rather than let the whole country go to heck!

    January 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Antonio from KY

    You people are silly. CNN says it "seems" like he changed the rule. That doesn't mean that he put it in writing or even made it a rule. So calm down please people.

    January 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. kirk in upstate new york

    If the guy performs half as well as I'm hoping, I don't care if he wears a tutu with swimming goggles.

    January 21, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. American

    Chuck Walla, I hope we survive the next 4 years as well... we almost didn't survive the last 8. I think the fact that getting work done in the oval office means more than wearing a suit jacket.

    January 21, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Whatever it takes to get the job done...who cares what he wears. Thank goodness he cares more about getting the job done than appearances. Go Mr. President!

    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. James

    its role up the sleeves time and get the hard work done that BUSH didn't not do!!!

    Its a new era. Can't hind behind a coat from things like Bush did!

    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. jennifer

    Bush probably needed to wear a jacket in the oval office so he would know he was there for his 10 minutes of work. The rest of the day he was probably in sweats riding his bike.

    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. davit

    I would think that this was a simple way that Bush tried to tie himself to Reagan, who had the same preference. Probably the only thing the two had in common.

    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Rhonda Holliday

    President Obama looks hard at work in this picture. Who cares
    if he has his Jacket on or off. I believe we are going to see alot
    of things in this administration that will different. It doesnt
    mean hes not a good man or that hes not going to do a good job.The
    voters of America let it be known that it was time for a change. I
    find everything about President Obama refreshing. I enjoy seeing
    little things that remind me that he is a person just like me who enjoys music, dancing, laughing, having a good time but,who knows
    this country is in a mess and its going to take alot of work from all
    of us to fix it.

    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. JLB

    I don't care how he dresses as long as he can help this country out of the mess that the last administration left. It's obvious that wearing a suit didn't help Bush.

    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. lindy

    Andy L....Everyone is smarter the Bush.

    January 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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