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. German,Irish American

    Most street thugs don't wear a coat.

    January 21, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Judy

    Get over it people...Repeat this after me and go to sleep tonight......He is my President.... He is my President...He is my President..Hopefully you got the dream~!. GO BAMA! ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE>>>

    January 21, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Janice Page

    President Obama is not there for show, he is there to work!!

    January 21, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. Brandon

    I don't think this will be the only bush rule President Obama will break. bush was worried about dumb things like jackets in the Oval Office, but ran the nation like a simpleton. bush was a 6 year old who just learned the rules of checkers trying to play three level chess. Good riddance to him and his dopey rules.

    January 21, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Pippen

    Stay the course in Iraq; troop surge in Afghanistan; stimulus packages; and bailouts... yup, so far this is the biggest, if not the only, change he's made.

    January 21, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. Mandy

    I can't believe there are over 100 people commenting on Obama not wearing a jacket while he works.

    January 21, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. tex

    Big T... You're a generalizing goof. When someone starts a sentence with "all republicans" or "all democrats" it just... Gaahah.. Why bother.

    January 21, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. ecl1

    It is called R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Respect for the office. Respect for the title. Respect for the people who come to the office. Respect for the people of the United States. Whether you may know or not this is the office that doorway to the rest of the world, and as such, it commands respect.

    January 21, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. Abodo, TX

    Take off your jackets and get to work America. For the past eight years we have been wearing our jackets and have done nothing.

    January 21, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Kathy

    I think he should wear denim. He has a lot of work to do. He may as well be comfortable.

    January 21, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. ecl1

    It is called R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Respect for the office, Respect for the title, Respect for the people of the United States. Whether or not you know this is the doorway to the rest of the world and as such commands respect.

    January 21, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. Gary

    Obama just wants to look more like JFK, that's all, thus cementing his claim to it. Poser.

    January 21, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. Scott L

    @Michelle from Alabama

    "Is it dissrepestful to ___________ while in the Oval Office?"

    Let's have Bill Clinton fill in the blanks on that one. DEMOCRATS ONE AND ALL! Cannot wait for Obama to get caught having an affair. NICE! How many young interns you think want to get it on with the messiah Obama?

    January 21, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. Shelagh

    Thanks, Mr. President, for having the right priorities! It's about getting stuff done–not making a fashion statement!
    Boy, do we need to grow up in this country!

    January 21, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Big T January 21st, 2009 6:18 pm ET
    You notice the Republicans always have something negative to say when it comes to any Democrat. I am just trying to figure out at what point are the people for the good of the country? .....

    If you switch Republican with Democrat in your blog, it reads true. Where have you been the last 6 months? Try reading any post about McCain or Palin. God, even read this one and half the comments are bashing Bush.

    @Sebastian, booing Bush was just disgusting. He was still President. How will you feel when Lord Obama gets booed, and he will?

    January 21, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. vobichlan, montreal

    Not a bad idea to show respect for such a high office. It tells more about about the office holder than the office itself. The new president should give it a second thought.

    January 21, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Sue

    It's a well-deserved reward to be able to break one of Bush's stupid little rules. You think this is bad!?... Bush is going to be even more mad when Obama goes through line-bu-line, and summariy overturns every single little rule Bush made.

    January 21, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. Steve in WV

    V – There should also be a requirement that you learn proper English!

    January 21, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Bill

    This is vaguely interesting, but how is this news at all? Next time, could you please tell us what Obama ate for breakfast? Or, you know, anything substantive?

    Aside from that, I have enjoyed reading both the pro-Obama and anti-Obama commentators clash trying to spin this to their favor.

    January 21, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. LGC

    Just another photo op with pleanty of smoke and mirrors. That's all we'll get for 4 years. What a load of crap.

    January 21, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Penn Voter

    that's right Big T. Republicans are going to bash this president and his cabinet and policies just like Democrats bashed the former president.

    Get use to it.

    January 21, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. oklahoma educator


    I am no historian, but I would wager that Obama is the first president to:


    Q:How many Harvard grads does it take to recite a 35 word oath

    A: More than 2

    Not looking real promising for America

    January 21, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  23. Jay form Jersey

    A jacket? so what! I want to know what Obama is going to do about the Immigration issue!

    January 21, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. Charley

    The suit and tie are nice and show respect for the office. However, I don't think it needs to be so stiff as to be a mandatory rule. Some of society's rules being broken down are good, some not so good. Since he is now our president regardless of how we voted, I hope that he has the good sense to know what to do, not just in dressing, but with our country and our economy

    January 21, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. jlarsen

    seems the headline of this article is in error... there was no rule, just a matter of personal preference

    January 21, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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