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. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    "oversized sweatpants and bling bling and a baseball cap"

    Do you think the racial stereotyping is appropriate here?

    What will you people do when he actually delivers on his promises and this country is back on track? Oh, I know, you either won't acknowledge it or somehow say Bush set the wheels in motion for it before he left office.

    January 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. paul oregon

    not surprised that john king a repub. would think this is news worthy.

    January 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. James

    I'll tell you what is missing in that picture …..executive experience!

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

    Good! That means he's rolling up his sleeves and working.

    January 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Jeff Levine

    I believe President Reagan also had that rule.

    January 21, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. James E Stevenson

    I don't care if the man is in there nekkid, just get to work and fix what you can of this mess.

    January 21, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Pat F

    @Mickie: Bush arrived in the Oval Office every day at 7am. Don't slam Bush's work ethic, dearie.

    January 21, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Pat F

    It's a PHOTO OP, people – nothing more. This is Disney-Prez.

    January 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. simp

    Boy are the haters out today. You people need to get a life. the new president is at work for us, whether he's in a jacket or not he will make this place we call USA a better place no matter what you haters say. Bush wore his jacket in the oval office because that was his preference, President Obama's is not wearing his, and yes it's new worthy it show's the difference ahead for this administration.

    January 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Bean

    Since when does wearing a jacket make you more professional? It's about time we ditch the stuffed shirt mentality. I don't like playing dress up. That's for kindergarten!

    January 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Patrick

    All those who say he looks bad or whatever, It looks like he's doing work to me. Now if he was kicking back and was playing solitaire or something, then I'd be pissed.

    America is a country where your work speaks louder than your attire or who your dad was.

    January 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Matt

    Wow finally a guy that is willing to roll up the sleeves and take the jackets off. THis guy is gonna do wonders for life issues. I guess in a crude way of speaking, the birth of babies is causing turmoil for young mothers trying to make there way in the world. Isnt it gonna be wonderful to have a man in the oval office who is gonna spread the word to the world that there is a better alternative than birth... Abortions!!!!!!! like duh, if you ever wanted a more convienent time for an advocate of abortion, partial birth and live birth negligence, we have found our man. Babies are the enemy, we wouldnt wanna get our jackets soaked in blood for something so worthless.

    January 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Mike

    the guy hasn't worked a day in his entire life and now, all of a sudden, he rolls up his sleeves to get to work???

    January 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Paula

    No surprise there, it was not a rule for Clinton or Carter! You make the connection.

    January 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Russell, NC

    The high standards are already being lowered.

    January 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Darrel from Denver

    Appears to be a 'layup' news story for those who wish to criticize anything about President Obama.

    This is a nothing story. simply an observation. By the way, it's how most of us work. Nothing outrageous there.

    January 21, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. PA Republican for Obama

    If the man does his job and gets the results this country so sorely needs, he can wear his pajamas every day in the oval office for all I care.

    January 21, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Kathy_in _Indiana


    January 21, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Saboth

    Good, it's time we started ranking people on performance, and intentions instead of the bs that comes out of their mouths or what fancy clothes they wear.

    If he has to take off a cumbersome, stifling jacket (why the heck would you wear a jacket indoors anyhow...this has always baffled me) in order to get to work, so be it.

    January 21, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. vrwashi


    He is "President " Barack Obama.... not Bubba. Idiot !!!!

    January 21, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. Sue

    I do not have a problem with this. The man has a shirt and tie on, what's the big deal? My husband works in the Corporate Center for a major chemical company, and they haven't worn ties for years. His big gripe is the women in flipflops, for God' sake, and not covering their bellies. Hopefully the Washington crowd is more sophisticated and smarter than some of the dummies here in MI. A certain amount of decorum is showing respect for your job and the other workers. I can only remember a couple of times in the election season when Obama was tieless...very few.
    And who knows what Bush wore when the cameras weren't there, anyhow?

    January 21, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Phil


    Maybe if W hadn't been so busy worrying about dress codes, he would have had a 50/50 chance of properly governing our country.

    Nah...Not even then...

    January 21, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Stecchino38

    Who cares about the Jacket- When Gitmo shuts down, & all the terrorists go to South Carolina, we can all breath a sigh of relief. All the detainees will be here with us! Isn't that wonderfull? Usher in the end of the world. Hilary Clinton Secretary Of State? WOW. Who's the Dept of Homeland Security Advisor? WE ARE SCREWED!!! Who cares about the economy- when barrak hussain over there releases all his holy warrior buddies; what will remain after all the car bomb explosions? Only time will tell. Like I said, who cares about the jacket!

    January 21, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Hope for the future

    Mr President Obama, you just go on and take off your jacket and roll up your sleeves. I don't judge a book by its cover, and you are perfect just as you are. It's an honor to have you as president, and I'll stand behind you all the way. And I'll defend you against any enemy.

    January 21, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. rachel

    already showing a lack of respect for the office. Sloppy dress leads to sloppy work. And we already know they have sloppy thinking.

    January 21, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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