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

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soundoff (803 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Hey, Obama's from Hawaii–I predict it'll be be aloha shirts and flip-flops in the Oval Office within a couple years.

    January 21, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. waldronentertainment

    I'm glad Barak Obama is the President of the United states, because he will bring positive changes not only to the United states, but to the rest of the World!

    Britney Waldron


    January 21, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. AJ

    This is going to get you that Pulitzer, John.

    January 21, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. Julie

    This is news? For the first time in 56 years a president did not attend Salute To Heroes Inaugural Ball which was attended by 48 Medal of Honor recipients. How bout reporting this?

    As for the jacket. Regan, Bush Sr, Bush Jr all wore jackets to the office out of respect for that office. Respect that Obama apparently doesnt have

    January 21, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Kari

    Get a grip......Darth Vadik, CA

    you're not a very bright man, are you?
    obviously my point went over your head, but it's nice to see average republicans trying to talk smarter than they actually really are.

    Silly liberal's intelligence is for Conservatives. BTW, you don't "talk smater", you "speak smarter"...DUH!!!

    January 21, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Mark

    BO is going to change a lot of things... get ready everything is 'going to h**l in a handbasket'. He wants you idiots to think he is doing something... got you fooled. Michelle might even give it up in the 'oral office'...

    January 21, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    so what? check back in a year and see what he actually accomplishes. i care more about his actions and accomplishments than whether or not he wears a jacket or not. remember the gymnasts and the flack about some of them wearing sandals?

    January 21, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Steve Foster

    Thank you for your service, President Bush. You will be missed. Your legacy may have been buried by millions of hate-consumed, poisoned Internet rants and intentionally lopsided news articles, but it will be unearthed and then justified. Public opinion and history never wind up on the same side. Few people could stand up to a nation full of ignorance as you have. Thank you for your example of strength.

    January 21, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. danudo

    Other topics for cnn- fox- and conservative hate mongers.

    I also notice that unlike Bush and Regan , Obama walks with his left foot moved forward before his right foot. Unlike Regan and bush he breathes with his nose and eats with his mouth. Unlike great Bush and Regan he has a pair of eyes. All these are against conservatives ideas and total disrespect for the Oval office.
    Impeach him and put david duke , rush and sean in the oval office. let the good times roll.

    Kudos Fox and Cnn

    January 21, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    Looks like President Obama is ready to roll up his sleaves and get to work for the American people. Enough with the staid platitudes and protocols of the Bush administration when nothing really worth noting was accomplished over an eight-year stint. What good is it to wear a suit and look good for the photo ops and nothing was being done to benefit the American people?

    January 21, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. Larry

    Aren't you glad that the Pope has not decided to dress down.I am.

    January 21, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  12. andra

    who do you know ever got any real work done in a suit coat,let the man take off his coat he got alot of work ahead of him. 8 yrs of failed government,god bless obama

    January 21, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. jerk off obama

    this man has been in office 1 day and stupid people things he is the magical unicorn. Of course he needs to take off his jacket that's what crack does. Let's have some change and not the stupid kind that makes this type of news. All you are going to accomplish is to weaken our nation with all corrupt clinton cronies in office, and the closing of gitmo. I would sue ya if you let a 15 yr old go that killed my US soldier overseas. Wake up stupid.

    January 21, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  14. Harley Chic, SC

    For those of you Bush Bashers, do you really think he did everything wrong?? Wait, don't answer that-we have not had another 9/11, we have lower taxes, and Bush did not put the economy where it is today, it was the greedy banks, mortgage companies, and every one sitting at the top wanting more. Maybe you people should watch CNN more often where Nancy Pelosi said tonight that by 2010 that there would be no more of Bush's tax cuts in effect !! And I do beleive it would be respectful for the new president to wear his jacket so when he has his picture taken for public purposes all this crap wouldn't end up on a message board like it is doing now. I did not vote for this new president, but we will see how it goes. Miss You President and Mrs. Laura Bush !!!!

    January 21, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. laura

    I was just wondering regarding the comment about "basketball" and "fried chicken" being racist if someone could tell me what calling Bush a monkey is? I don't understand because I'm color blind.

    January 21, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Phillip Moeckler

    Rock on Prez!!!! way to shake up the white house a little bit!! That place needs some good "updating".!! You have my vote!!!!!!!!1

    OBAMA 09!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

    January 21, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. Say goodnight,goodnight

    Thanks Obama, just get the job done.The last moron in office was on vacation 1 out of every three days in office.

    January 21, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  18. Nancy

    I wonder how long it will take the msm and the lierals to blame Bush when the annointed one screws up, and he will, its just a matter of time. But then the people who voted him in think he is the next thing to God, beware the false prophet. You reap what you sow. Bush sent millions of dollars to Africa to help fight aids. We never had another attack after 9/11, and he loved this country and our fighting men and women. Name me 5 things that BHO has done other then be a community organizer for Acorn? He and Frank got thousands of dollars from Acorn, he came from the corrupt political bunch out of Chicago. There is an old saying, you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas. If the democrates would have done something years ago when they knew about Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and the other lending institutes, we would not be in the mess we are today. But no, they were too busy getting money from them. People were upset that Sarah Palin got some expensive clothes, where is the upcry about Michelle O's clothes. Oh yes, and what about the 150 million plus inauguration that you and I have to pay for? Why is it that BHO can spend out money and there is no one on the left saying anything about it? Shame on all of you who look at the "O" with worship. The reason he got all the Clinton people is because he doesn't know anything about running this country, they will be doing it in the background and he will take credit for it. What a sham.

    January 21, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  19. SOHEL


    January 21, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Cool !

    Just thank god we have moved on from the tradition of wearing a wig in the oval office !

    Shameful, simply shameful not following the Reagan / Bush tradition.

    January 21, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  21. Sad in SC

    As if it wasn't bad enough that this is news, its even more pathetic that people will take this as an opportunity to bash Bush. People seem to forget that he is HUMAN. Yes, he made mistakes but none of us were in his position, so its really easy for us to point our finger and say what we would have done.

    January 21, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. Theo

    The reason BHO has his coat off is to give the appearance he's working since he did not work in the Senate during his term it may take him 3-4 years to learn how to work.....then hopefully he will be gone..

    January 21, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  23. Jason

    You Obama supporters are so far up his rear end that you cant see straight. If you would climb out and breath for just a second then maybe you will see what is going on. You think he is going to be such a good leader for this Great Country but oh I cant wait till you guys start turning on him when he starts screwing up. He has no idea how to run a country because his background is so poor and that has been proven by his policies. He has put people in his administration that is very questionable. He is surrounded by all these RACIST black people as well. He needs to back off these RACIST folks (the Reverend that spoke at the inauguration for example) if he wants to distance himself from that kind of nonsense but it seems he enjoys it. I cant wait till he FAILS and oh yes it is going to happen!!!! By the way Obama where is my darn stimulus check...Im still waiting for it. I need some money. You said you were going to spread the wealth so lets have it!!!!

    January 21, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  24. C.D. Wallace

    We are African Americans. Casual is the call of the day. we roll up our sleeves when we get to work. If Obama took off his jacket, he is probably busy. Makes sense.

    January 21, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  25. blargle

    jt has it right, let some action happen before congratulations. good luck mr bama

    January 21, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
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