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. dave b

    Ronald Reagan started the tradition...not bush...Regan started the rule as a sign of respect

    its just tradition....let obama start his own tradition if he wants....its his office for 4 years

    January 21, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. jt

    he hasn't done jack yet – so let's all remain calm and see what he does. once he does something – then we have something to cheer for. i am hoping he succeeds; but I certainly am not cheering for him, yet.

    January 21, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Keep Texas Red!


    January 21, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Sean

    Look at all these hateful and sarcastic comments. For those of you saying " find some real news to cover" or " Mr. King shows once again why he deserves his reputation as a journalist", Don't understand the fact that this is the FIRST African American President in the History of the United States. But yet you decide to hate on CNN for covering it? Get real and get a life. Don't watch CNN if you need to complain about it, All American's do is COMPLAIN.. and Yes, I am American.

    January 21, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    Indiana Voter..... the last 8 years have been a nightmare... and anyone who supports, defends, or argues for that nightmare proves that they are part of the PROBLEM NOT the SOLUTION. Go back to your rock... no one cares what you think or say.... your white sheet and cone hat is showing.... or is it that you are part of 5% of Bush's Base? Best remember, Obama's base is We, the People... and that is ALL!

    The difference between Bush and Obama in the Oval Office is that Obama is WORKING... Not PRETENDING to work! 🙂

    January 21, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Giina Dee

    It's really not that serious.
    It's not a sign of disrespect.
    I wouldn't want to always wear a jacket everytime i go to work.

    I actually admire him for not following in anyone's footsteps and doing his own thing. He's a human being just like anyone else.
    He can wear his jacket if he wants. It shouldn't cause this much controversy.

    January 21, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    How can you get any work done with a jacket on?

    January 21, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    really silly

    January 21, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. trisher

    Auzzievick January 21st, 2009 3:04 pm ET

    So much for total respect for the Office of the Presidency……….Ronald Reagan never walked into the Oval Office without a coat on, but then Barrack is no Ronald Reagan

    Thank God he is not Ronald Reagan! Two bit actor...Two bit President....Good grief. Do you remember Iran-Contra, he was up to his shirt sleeves in that mess......

    January 21, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. Rod

    He is his own boss...who cares ??

    January 21, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. Sue Nelson

    The President of the United States attire is of no interest to me. I just don't want to hear that he's done a Cosmopolitan spread.

    January 21, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. Mr. Blackwell

    First that gown, now this! What's next, casual Friday's?

    January 21, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  13. barbara symms,matthews,in.

    Differen't strokes...why do we always compare? Nothing else to do?
    I would think either is correct..........

    January 21, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. Phil


    Well he did keep the country secure after 9-11, other than that eh.

    January 21, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. laurel

    This short brief seems neutral to me. One guy feels comfortable working in a coat and the other would rather work not wearing one. Why are all of us wasting time on this? Why do so many of you read some hidden meaning? Are most humans paranoid?

    January 21, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. nikkichanel

    wow... I can't believe all these people had something to say about it (as if "it" were actually something of substance) even me... why am I typing???

    PS. get a life with the racisit comments... you have to have something better to say, I mean come on!

    January 21, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Turquoise

    Good grief !!!!! President Obama has only been in office for a few hrs. and people are already complaining..PUT YOUR LIPS TOGETHER !!!
    When it is time for President Obama to put a jacket on he will put it on!
    Do you think Bush sat /stand in a jacket all day ????? he put his jacket on when it was time for interviews/photos etc. REMEMBER

    January 21, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. Tanya

    I don't care if he works in his pajamas! He will be a better President than Bush ever was or ever could have been. Is this really news, honestly? So he has a different dress code than Bush, who cares! What was Clintons dress code, a blue Gap dress???

    January 21, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. Delaware George

    Obama should rule that FOX covers all White House news, while CNN does something else.

    January 21, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. Tameka - Raleigh, NC

    I am with you KC from Iowa and the other 99.9% of the respondents who don't give a flyin flip what the man wears. He has done more in one day than Bush did in his entire eight years in office. If getting the job done means not wearing a blazer, I say GO FOR IT!!!!!

    January 21, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. robin

    isn't his plan for health insurance, foreign policy, corruption free government more important for your reporting time?

    January 21, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. jamas

    so what if it gets cold ? no jacket would look pretty stupid.

    January 21, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. TJones

    Amazing. Can't wait for mid-term elections.

    January 21, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Bippers

    Go President Obama!!!!! It is about time for change and such an easy, yet symbolic one to start!!

    January 21, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. Muffet in Georgia

    I am all for eliminating the jacket rule. There comes a time to roll up sleeves and get down to work. Sitting around in suits proves nothing...shall I say more?

    January 21, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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