[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
and also, on retirement, yes, I can retire at 55, with 30 years...the way it is I will retire at 60 with 37 years between active duty Navy and federal work...
V...can you say as much or are you an underemployed pedofile driving and ice cream truck somewhere....hmmmmmm?
Mr. Obama looks like a normal man at work! I love it! It makes me feel good to be a BLACK man in America! If this is ALL you "Anti Barack" people have to talk about, go and join the Bush's in Texas. Cowgirls and Cowboys! Those days are over! We the people need to as a whole need to get on the same page as Barack and help this Nation really be a Great place to be. He is a Peace maker, and knows what it means to work hard.
Good! Maybe if they all feel comfortable at work they can do a better job. I am all for it. Go Obama! I love the changes he making.
Wearing a jacket may not make him a better president, but it will help how others around the world perceive him. We're a nation built on Godly principles and values and like Bush, I hope he makes the right decisions on fundamental issues. That will be the key factor as to how strong of a nation we are in the future.
Wow – what decisiveness! If he institutes a shoe-optional policy for the Rose Garden, why ... this is the Hope and Change we've earned.
I can't belive this is news. Like there isn't more important things to cover.
President Obama is going to work. Mr. Bush was up for a photo-op
Maybe he can also remove the "pants required" rule like Clinton did.
That picture is absolutely awesome. A simple symbol of how far we have come...
This is not a dress code folks..this is a PERSONAL PREFERANCE..geesh...you poor folks need to get a life...
Auzzievick..who in the h*ll is BARRACK..your insult would have worked if you learned to spell his name correctly...
Robby..we do love those Democrats...you wish you were like them and had a reason to take your pants off...
Dick...your name suits you!!! Now go back into your double wide and eat your Ramen Noodles...
must be that obama is prepared to roll-up his sleeves and get down to serious work. by all appearances, it seems that bush's only time in the oval office was for photo opps.....
There is only one President at a time. As of 12 noon on January 20th, there were no longer any Bush rules to be scrapped. The only Presidential rules in effect are those of President Obama.
If he wants to take his jacket off that is fine. Mr Bush did not because he wanted to show respect for the office, same as Ron Reagan. Clinton showed disrespect for the office by dropping his pants and getting oral copulation. This is not that big of a deal. Do not knock Obama for taking it off, Do not knock Bush for leaving it on. It is just symbolism dumba$$es
Dear Mr. President: Don't start following that trend Bill set by stripping off your garments in the Oval office, please. Show decorum and respect for the position and the place.
That's because Bush was never at his desk long enough to take it off.
The man carries himself with dignity and gravity that supercedes any suitcoat. Let's get a reality check – if we were to stop in to see PM Brown, President Sarkozy, or the CEO of any major global corporation, I would bet the ranch that they don't wear suitcoats 24/7. Let's move on to more important topics like keeping the US from sliding into the abyss.
Let me get this straight – Bush took his OFFICIAL presidential portrait in a light green looking oxford style shirt; yet, Obama is disrespecting the office by being COMFORTABLE WHILE HE WORKS.
If the "rule" under Dubya was to always wear a jacket, why have your "official" portrait made without a jacket?
President Obama is going to do some work in the Oval Office for a change something Bush never did.
Holy cow, stop the presses, cut into the broadcasts, let's have a 20/20 episode dedicated to this subject... Obama isn't wearing a jacket. This guy could burn his toast and make the news.
And you don't think THIS picture is a photo-op? Seriously.
It's a new day. Obama came to Washington to get things done and to air the place out: of its seemingly never-ending lies & subterfuge, behind-closed-door deal making, corruption and shallowness. It feels like the winds of change (and right) are blowing through this land. The picture of him at his desk sans jacket (sans hypocrisy) is a sight to behold.
Mr. Smith has come to Washington and may the corrupt (and clueless) beware.
God bless him.
Good for him... he should make his own rules & regulations.
Hey, V, with the vendetta for the federal government worker….I have worked hard in my career in a Naval Shipyard, for 33 years….I get less than my civilian counterparts do in civilian shipyards working the same ships…YOU need to get a clue..I pay as much tax as anyone else in the same income bracket, I get NO breaks as a federal employee….so why don't YOU go volunteer to have YOUR pay frozen and such, I have a family to feed also .....
Wow this is news???? Ok so what's wrong with what he wears while he's working in HIS office. This is such a lame topic and what's even worse is that me and many others have just commented on it. OMG let the man do his job the and drop it.
Good for Obama. Any change form the stiff , imperial and overly secretive and formal Bush years is welcome. Seems like those Connecticut Yankees ( please, he is NOT a Texan) put more stock in formality than results.