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. John

    Good for him roll up the sleeves if he wants let's just get to work.

    January 21, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Lisa

    I'm sure President Obama has dress rules about attire in the Oval Office, as well. It doesn't make President Bush better that he wore a jacket, it doesn't make President Obama worse that he doesn't. It's simply a personal preference. Let's get over the silly stuff and focus on governing, shall we?

    January 21, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Make it your own Mr. President!!

    January 21, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. PA Canada

    Really! Jackets in the Bush White House a Rule! Well like they say, "it's what's underneath the exterior that really counts." The jackets didn't do the job for them, as what was underneath was very visible.

    January 21, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Rick

    Well, at least he'll keep his pants on. That's better than the last Democrat President!

    January 21, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. A working man

    President Obama is a working man. He knows the value of hard wprk and will not strive to look any other way. I am so very proud to be an American! I love the fact that someone that understands my struggles and my concerns, looks like me, actually cares for this nation and not to just get my vote. I did not want to see the day end. Now that the wark has begun, I am praying that God will continue to guide and lead him. I know that God will be with him. This is a great day! Be blessed President Obama!

    January 21, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. rachael edkins

    There isnt nothing missing in this picture as far as im concerned, let the man do what he wants and be comfortable. I know i sure wouldnt want to wear a jacket all day long, its gets too hot and too confining. I would rather him not wear a jacket and make great progress and have great success with his policies than wear a jacket and make terrible mistakes that bush did and keep are country in the state that its in. Its a new era and time for a rolling up of the sleeves and this picture is evidence of that.

    January 21, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. xcusme

    Barack = Easy as a Sunday morning. It is about getting the job done. Rolling up ones sleeves and getting this country on the right track. Not about photo ops.

    January 21, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Candace

    Well, Bush was never really working, much, so he had no need to be comfortable fo the work day.

    January 21, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Larry Schlueter

    The ignorance of most replies continues to frustrate me . . . but then, I have learned that most people are ignorant of the important things in life. The stupidity of the public is the reson for so much negatism in the USA.

    January 21, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Ann

    hahaha.. change to believe it.

    January 21, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Peace 4 You

    Yeah Bush wanted him and his other accomplices to wear jackets in the Oval office so that everyone can look like they're working...They were the masters of deceptors.

    January 21, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. Candy

    I am so sick of people acting like Obama is God! He is not!!!!!!! Obama is not God and Bush was not the devil! There just mortal men! The jacket thing, well who gives a flip about that!

    January 21, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Eric

    George Bush disrespected the Office of the President far more than any past President by SPENDING the country into a $1.2 TRILLION debt. The fact that some foolish people are making an issue of Obama not wearing a jacket goes to show how screwed up mentally the modern day 'conservative' is.

    January 21, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Eliotjoss

    Looks like someone's not afraid to doff formalities to get some real work done for a change.

    January 21, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Veronica Dabney

    v. The one who said there "is" hundreds of federal employees who haven't paid taxes for years. And you know this, How??? There are millions, MILLIONS of non-federal employees who haven't paid taxes for years, and it's far easier for them to evade taxes than it is for a federal employee.

    If the IRS is so incompetent it can't collect taxes from people who are on the federal payroll, when all they have to do is know what grade and step someone is to figure out approximately the amount of taxes they should owe, than it's the failure of the IRS.

    I worked for the federal government for several decades and every now and then would hear this crap about federal employees not paying taxes. If someone found a way not to pay taxes they never told me, since over the years I've probably paid a little bit less than a million dollars in taxes. It was taken out of my paycheck every 2 weeks like clockwork and I never figured out how to get much of it back.

    By the way, the W. Bush people were big on that coat, tie, dress business, but were the most incompetent bunch I'd ever worked with.
    What good does it do to look good if you don't know what you're doing?
    Look at the mess the Bush Administration left. But I guess it's alright since he had a tie on, and a clean desk. (That's because no work was going on in that office.)

    January 21, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. Bill

    Baggie pants, underwear hanging, and a crooked ball cap is next.

    January 21, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. Angie-OH

    Dick c. January 21st, 2009 5:12 pm ET

    next he'll have buckets of KFC thrown bout the place.
    hey dick, your pointy hood is showing. you are such a loser. jealous that an African-American is PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Get use to it. that BIG DUMB BELL bush is a stupid as they come.

    January 21, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. LM

    Like the retired WWII veteran who wrote during the campaign how
    much he thinks of Obama: "I'd take a bullet for this man."

    How much more can one say? That really impressed me. This one
    wonderful man has shown the most perceptive of us just how much
    he thinks of us. I believe that at the time we need a great leader the
    most, God has given us this great man.

    I'm begging for those who cannot see beyond their nose to spite their faces–please give him a chance. What have we got to lose? Just maybe some pre-conceived prejudices that we need to lose anyway, if any of us ever want to get to Heaven.

    How can any of you be so full of petty thoughts!? The greatest thing
    this nation can achieve is for it's people to finally work TOGETHER to
    help bring the whole world out of this crisis! Let's all be leaders!! Let's all look at the example God has given us, and do our best to work together and sacrifice our past prejudices to make a new TOMORROW! We are Americans–we can do it!! We have greatness in each one of us.

    Good job, President Obama!! We like you just the way you are!!

    January 21, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Caligirl

    I think Government is really too uptight on the dress code issue. Long, long ago I used to work for MCCS and I had a very strict dress code that needed to be met on a very low income. I know Obama has the income to dress appropriately, that's not my point. My point is that most government agencies have this rule but some of the salaries can barely cover socks, forget about business casual.

    January 21, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Because he's reflecting that he is rolling up his sleeves and ready to get to work.....I love it!!!!

    January 21, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Melvin

    I take my coat off when I am at work what's the big deal??

    January 21, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. CCryder

    Why not get rid of ties as well. In my experience, all ties do is restrict blood flow to the brain.

    January 21, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. Anon

    That chair looks comfortable....I'm stuck sitting on this 50 buck piece of crap Staples chair 🙁

    January 21, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. The Sisyphus Files

    When will this shameless newsmedia cease acting like teenage groupies at a rock concert?

    January 21, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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