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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  1. tom

    It's symbolism folks.

    Let us hope that President Obama breaks every rule his predecessor made.

    January 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Meka

    Bush kept his Jacket on, because BUSH DIDN'T DO ANY WORK . . . AND AMERICA IS EXPERIENCING THE RESULT'S!

    January 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. JodyG

    Obama has done more on his first day to straighten out the country than Bush managed in 8 years. I don't care if he works in a bathrobe as long as he continues to make progress toward bringing back the constitution and dignity of our three branches of government.

    January 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. an American

    Think about it people. Bush wore a suit each day to the office and what did it accomplish? Crap on 14k gold plates is nothing but plate holding Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Vic from CT

    Sweet one Bush rule down, one million more Bush rules to go!

    January 21, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |

    Take the Jackets off!!! They are there to WORK not have a tea party...

    God, listen to you people... They are finally WORKING get it... Not spending your money on stupid lunches... No Jacket required!!!

    Screw the "sign of respect"... The respect is DOING the JOB for you and I...


    January 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Linda

    The Oval Office is actually the "informal" name for the Presidents Office. It is his own private office & he will spend many, many long hours at a time there. There is absolutely nothing wrong with removing your suit jacket & "digging in" while in the privacy of your own "informal" office.

    January 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Ginny

    Hmmm, Let's see one must wear a shirt, tie and jacket while authorizing a war that shouldn't have happened. Also dress properly to let big business get away with theft of poor people's money and oh don't forget to look presentable while torturing prisoners.

    Yea, clothes make the man.

    Bush is gone. Out with the old in with the new. Let our new President get his work done.

    Speaking of "work" some of you are real pieces of work.
    The Dems won – and it wasn't even a close election. Democracy at work. Get over it!

    January 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Jesse

    If we want to talk change, how about talking about how much the party cost yesterday.. how about how much the new furniture and paint in the oval office cost? Fiscal responsibility begins with the man in charge IMHO.

    January 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Sean from CT

    January 21st, 2009 3:48 pm ET – Jean wrote this.....


    Are you kidding me? Whatever backwards, po-dunk, Nascar lovin, hillbilly, "Deliverence" town you come from you should remain there. You give light to your ignorance just by speaking. Become educated get a life & please stop showing the world how ignorant some inhabitants of Trailor parks in America are. Two words that come to mind.... White......the other would be Trash. Just for the record. I am White. Just galled with the sheer stupidity of your views!

    January 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. scdemocrat

    Hey AndyL, do you see anything wrong with your post?
    AndyL January 21st, 2009 3:31 pm ET

    @me 3:04 pm that would be the rumor (rumour if your are British or Canadian) but never "roomer". I love it, you are probably one of these dumb liberals who though you were smarter than Bush.

    So you are going to get on this blog, call someone a "dumb liberal" ,and then spell thought wrong (it has a t, without a t it is though, which is a word but not the correct one)and expect not to be laughed at like a typical Neo-Con know -nothing. ROFL

    January 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. To: laughin at lib

    Sir, It is alot more comfy to sleep with your coat on! i have done it! and you can try it too. all bush did was to sleep or go on vacation!!!!!

    he slept when 9/11 happend!
    he slept when Katrina happend!
    he slept when Dafur happend!

    and he was on vacation when economy happend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. joe


    January 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Miss Orange

    I remember when Carter made a similar innovation in the White House. His aides lounging around in lace-up boots, feet on desks, as if they'd come straight out of the boondocks. Oh and those adorable sweaters he wore on his t.v. chats.

    Four more years . . .

    January 21, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. MaryK

    Sound like a good rule to break to me. When does the computer get set up? Don't forget pix of the wife and kids Mr. President!!!

    January 21, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Change

    What is more important...looking good or getting to work. I vote for getting to work. I don't care if president Obama is in the oval office in his birthday suit. If he feels and work more comfortably with his jacket off, then by all means take it off. I did not vote for his wardrobe. I know there are plenty of men out there that once they get into the office they take their jacket off, so why should president Obama be any different.

    January 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. emptyay

    First, if this is news, it's sad that Obama isn't doing more real work, then this would get overlooked.

    Second, Bush had that rule in place because the office of the most powerful (debatable) man in the nation is a place of some ceremony.

    If you went into a meeting with a high-powered CEO, chances are you'd wear your jacket too. This is the office of the CEO of an entire country. There are plenty of other rooms where work gets done, and in those rooms, I'm sure Bush had no problem throwing his jacket over a chair and getting down to business.

    It's just too bad that Obama doesn't have enough respect for his own job to do the same.

    /raises shield to deflect the liberal bile sure to spew in my direction after I hit Submit.

    January 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Blue State NC

    laughin at lib,

    While you are laughing at one party, yours is disappearing (thank goodness). It is the anger that your chosen party spouts that contributes to this, so please, continue.

    January 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Clyde

    No matter what he does in the Oval Office it will be 100 times better than the fraud that occupied it the past 8 years.

    January 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. carol

    Laughin at lib: Interesting remark you made. Obama's first day in the oval office and you have him taking a nap because he doesn't have a jacket on. People who work hard don't have to have on a suit jacket to prove themselves, but for the next few years you guys will be right there with any sort of accusation you can grasp.

    January 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Lysheen

    That's what happens when you work. You take your jacket off.

    January 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Jessica Smith, TX

    To all those who say former President Bush required jackets because he respected the office. Are you kidding me? The office of the Presidency is not respected by jackets. It is respected by up holding the basic laws of the land, and keeping safe the very liberties that our constitution specifically gives us. It is respected by not only protecting our liberties, but also remembering that those people in other countries have rights to. I respect President Bush for the service he gave to the country, but I don't think he always treated the office the way he should have. He's not an evil man, and he is not a stupid man. This notion that he respected the office by wearing a jacket is ridiculous. I can think of a lot better ways to respect the office. Perhaps he could have, well, you know respect The Constitution. Perhaps he could have helped the poor, finished in Afghanistan before invading Iraq, not desecrated the environment, and not taken away civil liberties. Perhaps that is too much to ask though.

    January 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Pat F

    I think it's funny that there are a ton more comments about this piece of fluff than the much more substantive items on the ticker.

    January 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Eli Blumin

    Anyone who actually cares or makes a negative comment is close minded and clearly unintelligent.

    January 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. AVEE capitalcityVA

    To all you that don't support your new President whether you voted for him or not: WHY DIDN'T YOU RUN FOR THE POSITION? Stop complaining and wait. I am sure a lot of you contributed to your own misery. So unless you ran a campaign for president, keep the dumb comments to yourself.

    January 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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