January 21st, 2009
08:18 PM ET
9 years ago

A major Bush rule gets scrapped by Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/21/art.ovaloffice.cnn.jpg caption="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

Filed under: Popular Posts • President Obama
soundoff (803 Responses)
  1. Jesse from Santa Rosa

    It is part of the reason people like Obama so much. You can relate to him as a fellow citizen. Just goes to show what a stuffed suit W was.

    January 21, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. PJP

    Most of the presidents had more respect for the oval office. Obama just wants to look like he's working for the public!

    January 21, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. spacewriter

    Why is the headline "Obama Breaks Bush's Rule"? Bush is no longer president and his rules are (thankfully) no longer important. I don't see Obama wearing a sweater either; so shouldn't your headline read "Obama Breaks Carter's rule"?

    I mean, come on. Have some respect for the man in the president's office NOW. You people at CNN should find better headline writers and focus on some real stories instead of this substanceless fluff.

    January 21, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Herbie


    January 21, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. KevinNOVA

    It's so awesome to see President Obama behind that desk!

    January 21, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Kendrick Shavkey

    I used to work in a suit and tie all day and was very uncomfortable. Didnt really feel like doing anything. I guess thats why our country fell when Bush was in office. Now Obama is going to roll his sleeves up and get some work done. Oh.and I dont remember Kennedy wearing a jacket in the office. And Nixon sure didnt either. If Obama wanted to wear his pajamas in there he could. Its HIS office and now HIS house. He can do whatever he pleases..... As long as he gets the job done! Get off the mans back and let him be president.

    January 21, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Wendy

    That's right,its all about appearances. Obama wants to be compared to MLK with his speeches and now he's going for a JFK look without the jacket. Now who's all about smoke and mirrors. PRESIDENT Bush,like Ronald Reagan brought back the right to mention God's name as well as patriotism to this country. He made us remember the values that this country was founded on. I didn't vote for Obama but I'm willing to give the man a chance. He's been voted President of the United States.That's all.He can't part the Red Sea or walk on water,so let's not be blasphemous and equate him to Jesus Christ in the glorifying of the man. I'm willing to give the man a chance but I'm not impressed with his sitting there with his jacket off.

    January 21, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. L Watts

    The president just about as professional a job as one can get. Put the coat on and show some respect for the office and what it stands for. The White House does not need any casual Friday either.

    January 21, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. Alex

    In other words, Obama is rolling up his sleeves and getting to work. I don't see the problem. In fact I want to see his desk look as cluttered as mine within a week - to show that the guy isn't just a figurehead, but he's getting his hands dirty.

    January 21, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. joe six pack

    Bush – a lot of jacket and no substance. Country in disarray.

    Obama – no so much fashion and lots of smart and hard work. Rebuilding America

    January 21, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. sandee in Portland

    Not wearing a jacket in your own office is a moot point. It's not like he's meeting with any dignataries, just his own staff. Hopefully, his staff will take off their jackets, roll up their sleeves and get to work too.

    January 21, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Rick

    Thats the whole problem with every presidential administration in history. They put their buddies in positions to cover their.... Now I see Vilsak from Iowa is putting all his buddies and getting their wifes positions in this administration while the rest of us get laid off from jobs. Get reay Iowa we are getting ready to be screwed....

    January 21, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. linda from South Dakota

    its not HOW one dresses,, it HOW one get the job done and i trust obama will get this job done and done the right way,,,, hes proven so far that he can do this job abd is keepin his proise to those who voted for him,, let him do his job and enjoy,,, because he will fix things , like he said in his speech,, it wont be done overnight BUT HE WILL PREVAIL<<<<<< GO OBAMA,, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. show those who didnt have faith in you,, that youcan and you will,,

    January 21, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Andy

    This isn't news. It's merely an interesting story about one of the differences in style between two people. I wouldn't look too much into this.

    January 21, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. jpegs

    They were probably forced to wear jackets to make it easier to smuggle things in and out of there.

    January 21, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Tim

    WOW, lot's of strange comments here.
    Many professionals wear "uniforms" and
    a suit and tie is one of them.
    However,,the boss or company policy calls that shot.......

    As far as you racist folks,,, loose the "african american" or "black"
    label and just consider him as the new president. That's
    real equality for the better.

    January 21, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. PooDog

    Even if you dressed Bush up, he wasn't fit to be President.

    The Dark Ages are over.

    January 21, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Scott in Houston

    I always find it interesting that people who think you should wear a jacket at work are always the ones who never actually DO work. I have to actually WORK when I'm at work, and a jacket (on the rare occasions when I have to wear one) gets in my way – has nothing to do with "comfort" or "being sloppy." I have to move around a lot, type on a keyboard, pull books and reference materials out of shelves, etc. etc. If you're a man, you know that the buttons on a jacket will catch on anything and everything (that's why we "roll up our sleeves") – now if you don't know this, you've obviously never done real work. Even writing on a notepad is a pain if you're wearing cuff links and they catch on the notepad...and don't even get me started on wearing a tie...paper shredder...tie...I'll leave it at that.

    January 21, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Sam

    hahah. this is a funny story because we shouldn't be caring if he has his jacket on or not. Lets judge him on what he does for America

    January 21, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Michael

    This has nothing to do with the article, but with the comments.

    You all know that the anti-Bush bandwagon has ended you all can get off of it now.

    Just wait a few years, then the successes of the Bush Administration will come to light.

    January 21, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. fg, CA

    I don't care if he sits in the Oval Office with no clothes, as long as he can do the job!!!!

    January 21, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. pete

    i didn't vote for obama, but i agree with scrapping the jackets.
    everyone in washington needs to role up their sleeves and go to work.
    maybe this is a sign of great things to come

    January 21, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Minnesotan

    lr: Abortion isn't a 'substantive' issue. It's a pathetic issue raised by right wingers, like flag burning and gay marriage.

    January 21, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. JOYCE

    Southern Girl850:

    I am thrilled that we have an educated, Harvard grad as our president!
    What color he is does not really matter to me or many Americans. He was elected because voters thought he was the most capable person to get the US moving again! I really feel that race is not going to play much of a role in how he governs the country...he's educated and knows better. So, let's all respect Obama, the Harvard grad!

    January 21, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Chris in Va.

    To put it in the words of our former Vice President......So?

    January 21, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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