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White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code
NYTimes ^ | January 28, 2009

Posted on 01/28/2009 10:05:19 PM PST by Steelfish

White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG January 28, 2009 WASHINGTON —

The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

Mr. Obama has exhibited a relatively informal working relationship with aides like his staff secretary, Lisa Brown.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

Thus did a rule of the George W. Bush administration — coat and tie in the Oval Office at all times — fall by the wayside, only the first of many signs that a more informal culture is growing up in the White House under new management.

Mr. Obama promised to bring change to Washington and he has — not just in substance, but in presidential style.

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1 posted on 01/28/2009 10:05:20 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?”

Prove it.

2 posted on 01/28/2009 10:06:35 PM PST by JennysCool (Internet Powerhouse)
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To: Steelfish

Next step, pants unzipped by the wash basin.


3 posted on 01/28/2009 10:06:43 PM PST by Rastus
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To: Steelfish
Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

So much for energy conservation. I'm waiting for Al Gore to condemn Obama.

4 posted on 01/28/2009 10:07:15 PM PST by TheMightyQuinn
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To: Steelfish

Respect for the Oval Office is out the window.

Respect for the President is out the window now.


5 posted on 01/28/2009 10:07:50 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Steelfish

Reagan had so much respect for the importance and signifcance of the Oval Office, he NEVER entered it without a coat on.

Just this gesture of respect says SO MUCH about the differences between these two people.


6 posted on 01/28/2009 10:07:59 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: TheMightyQuinn

If he hates the cold, why take of your suit jacket?


7 posted on 01/28/2009 10:08:28 PM PST by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: Steelfish
Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat

In every office I've ever worked in, it was always the women who cranked up the thermostat. Just sayin'...

8 posted on 01/28/2009 10:09:15 PM PST by TheWasteLand
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To: Steelfish
Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

That's rich. It just doesn't get better than this.

9 posted on 01/28/2009 10:09:37 PM PST by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Wait till he has house guests, JJ. Then he'll be a slum lord president (ala Rezco).
10 posted on 01/28/2009 10:10:43 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress! It's the sensible solution to restore Command to the People.)
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To: Steelfish

I guess Zero will let people come in with their clothes on backwards, a la Cris Cross, or whatever the hell they were called.


11 posted on 01/28/2009 10:11:06 PM PST by RPTMS
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To: Steelfish

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?”

I see, he was a Senator from Hawaii.

Oh wait....


12 posted on 01/28/2009 10:11:13 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Where have you been? Liberals never practice what they preach. Lowering thermostats and lowering expectations and lowering consumption is only for “little people”


13 posted on 01/28/2009 10:11:48 PM PST by Steelfish (Our Winning Video)
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To: Steelfish

Think of the great men who once occupied that office. Now its Barry Soetoro. Disgusting.


14 posted on 01/28/2009 10:12:21 PM PST by Karma Police ((optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: Steelfish
Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

Where to begin???

If he hates the cold, why does he call Illinois (Chicago in particular) home??
If he has cranked up the thermostat, how is he setting the example for energy conservation??
By setting the thermostat higher, does this mean he has adopted the Al Gore persona of "Do as I say, NOT as I do??"
If he hates the cold and wants to work in shirtsleeves, why doesn't he move to the south (not that we want him!) where he can do both without cranking up the thermostat!!

I could go on, but you get the gist.

15 posted on 01/28/2009 10:12:59 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: dware
"Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat."

That's rich. It just doesn't get better than this.

Sacrifices for thee but not for me.

16 posted on 01/28/2009 10:13:16 PM PST by Oratam
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To: Steelfish

Californication in the White House. This whole “dress down” thing, like ALL social diseases, started in California and spread east.


17 posted on 01/28/2009 10:13:17 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: Steelfish

“Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.”

Why not, WE are the ones paying the heating bill. Then we are told by the dimwits in Washington we need to pay more for energy.


18 posted on 01/28/2009 10:13:21 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: TheMightyQuinn

Yeah, well the toad better not mention to us that lowering the thermostat is “patriotic” and “a necessary sacrifice”. Remember... We can’t keep using our resources without the “global community’s” say so.... Where’s Al Bore??? Carbon Credits anyone???? Surely Pelosi and Reeeiiid have slapped zerO down about this....Nope!


19 posted on 01/28/2009 10:13:32 PM PST by graywaiter (You can't multiply wealth by dividing it.............Dr. Adrian Rogers)
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To: Steelfish

Here we go again. Just like the Carter Administration. Can gray cardigan sweaters be next?


20 posted on 01/28/2009 10:14:01 PM PST by llevrok (Obama will never be in my spell check dictionary.)
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To: Steelfish

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-dc-snow28-2009jan29,0,3608091.story

...what happened to the “Toughen Up” Obama from today who mocked Washington for the way they handled bad weather (see above link)


21 posted on 01/28/2009 10:14:04 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: TheMightyQuinn

Yet today he critized Washingtonians for not being tough enough re the icy conditions that closed the schools. He said that as being someone from Chicago.


22 posted on 01/28/2009 10:14:27 PM PST by kabar
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To: TheMightyQuinn

“Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

So much for energy conservation. I’m waiting for Al Gore to condemn Obama.”

Al may have flunked Seminary, VP and Pres Candidate, but he sure don’t kill the Golden Goose (he hasn’t sold his oil stocks has he?)


23 posted on 01/28/2009 10:15:04 PM PST by This_far
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To: TheWasteLand

Bet the .00’s got a radiant heater under his desk just like 99% of the women who work in an office!


24 posted on 01/28/2009 10:15:32 PM PST by primatreat (sickem rush.......bite their butt. But not Zero's... Stinky, as per his children.)
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To: DustyMoment
...why doesn't he move to the south ...

The south of...Venezuela?

Nice-n-toasty down there.

25 posted on 01/28/2009 10:15:41 PM PST by uglybiker (1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d 2 g3t l41d)
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To: Steelfish

Justh prethious....


26 posted on 01/28/2009 10:15:54 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Praise and worship" is my alternate lifestyle.)
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To: TheMightyQuinn

Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.
So much for energy conservation. I’m waiting for Al Gore to condemn Obama.

well put my thoughts exactly


27 posted on 01/28/2009 10:15:58 PM PST by remaxagnt (`)
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To: Steelfish

Obama Says He Will Control Your Thermostat:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXIvmJ8xenc


28 posted on 01/28/2009 10:16:21 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Steelfish

From Hawaii?

             PROVE IT!!!

Hasn't he been living in Chicago for 20 years?  He was just making fun of the residents of DC:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28896569/
 

Obama gives D.C. cold shoulder over 'some ice'

After living in Chicago, he jokes about his girls getting day off from school

 
President Barack Obama, steeled by many snowy Chicago winters, expressed disbelief Wednesday when his daughters woke up to find that their classes had been canceled for the day.
 
"My children's school was canceled today. Because of, what? Some ice?"
 
As my children pointed out, in Chicago, school is never canceled," Obama said to laughter. "In fact, my 7-year-old pointed out that you'd go outside for recess. You wouldn't even stay indoors. So, I don't know. We're going to have to try to apply some flinty Chicago toughness."

Asked if he meant the people of the national's capital are wimps, Obama said: "I'm saying, when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things."


29 posted on 01/28/2009 10:17:20 PM PST by Vendome
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To: Steelfish

I predict we’ll see a pic of him in the oval office with a baseball cap on backwards.


30 posted on 01/28/2009 10:17:26 PM PST by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: kabar
Caught that little gaff today too, Kabar.

It's a pathology.
31 posted on 01/28/2009 10:20:37 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress! It's the sensible solution to restore Command to the People.)
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To: dware

this whole article from the NYSlimes is reif with many things a pundit would take issue with . aren’t Axelrod’s remarks cute? he’s still in love. next thing ya’ know
the hip hop brigade will be marching into the WH on a daily basis.
The oholio knows not one ounce of protocol and protocol is there for a reason.
Give the boy a guidebook? nah, he’s alaready got one-Alinsky’s


32 posted on 01/28/2009 10:21:22 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Scooters work good in Vermont snow)
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To: Steelfish

Absolutely no respect for the office of the presidency...None at all. He’s not there to be “hip”. He’s there to work for the American people, and as such, he should dress the part.


33 posted on 01/28/2009 10:24:40 PM PST by PleaseNoMore
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To: Steelfish

“David Gergen, an adviser to both Republican and Democratic presidents, said Mr. Obama seemed to exude an “Aloha Zen,” a kind of comfortable calm that, Mr. Gergen said, reflects a man who “seems easygoing, not so full of himself.”

You’ve GOT to be kidding me. He is so full of himself that he wants the world to know that NO rules apply to him, White House attire or documentation of citizenship included.

He is ABOVE all that.


34 posted on 01/28/2009 10:26:56 PM PST by dianed
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To: Vendome
"I'm saying, when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things."

What an ass.

The irony is that the DC area is all blue and voted for this piece of work.

35 posted on 01/28/2009 10:28:52 PM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Steelfish

Wellll; aren’t chamillions cold blooded?


36 posted on 01/28/2009 10:29:03 PM PST by Dust in the Wind (Just part of the cleanup crew.)
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To: TheMightyQuinn

and he wants to get “flinty” with DC snow policies? hahahahahaha


37 posted on 01/28/2009 10:34:09 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Scooters work good in Vermont snow)
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To: Vicki

38 posted on 01/28/2009 10:34:46 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Steelfish
“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?”

(scratches head) Sure he was born in Hawaii (well, theoricially anyway) but...but I thought he was from Chicago?

39 posted on 01/28/2009 10:35:13 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: Steelfish
He’s from Hawaii, O.K

Hawaii, Kenya, Illinois, what's the difference?

40 posted on 01/28/2009 10:35:53 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Have you risen above your own public education today?)
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To: Steelfish
There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

Don't tell me; the NYT didn't even HINT that such a thing in these times is nothing less than a heinous act against mankind. Well, that's what they would have said had GW done it.

Anybody ever notice that the Left always tells others what to do but never practices what they preach on their own?

Like Barry's car. Until he started running for President he had a Chrysler 300C Hemi. Started running for president and talking the big talk about the environment.. oops! Time to buy a Prius.

Hypocrites all.

41 posted on 01/28/2009 10:39:50 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Close Gitmo now! Send them to Alcatraz!)
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To: Steelfish

I don’t agree with Obama on hardly anything but I am not one for a strict dress code. I think the necktie is a grostesque piece of attire.


42 posted on 01/28/2009 10:40:28 PM PST by Old Seadog (Always do a little more than is expected, and someday .....it will be expected.)
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To: TheMightyQuinn

I thought the Dalai Bama said we couldn’t just drive around in our SUV’s and have our thermostats set to 72 degrees, summer or winter, because the rest of the world wouldn’t like it.


43 posted on 01/28/2009 10:46:55 PM PST by gigster
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To: Steelfish
Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

Them dems have demanded that we all turn our thermostats down to save the planet. This is yet another case of the liberal "do as I say not as I do" way of thinking.

44 posted on 01/28/2009 10:51:03 PM PST by Jeff Gordon ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last." Churchill)
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To: Steelfish
“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?”

Odd, I thought he was the junior senator from Illinois (where it's now 14 degrees).

45 posted on 01/28/2009 10:53:00 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (Obama's not my president, and Blagojevich is not my governor.)
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To: Steelfish

“We can’t drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times, whether we’re living in the desert or we’re living in the tundra, and then just expect every other country is going to say OK, you know, you guys go ahead keep on using 25 percent of the world’s energy, even though you only account for 3 percent of the population, and we’ll be fine. Don’t worry about us. That’s not leadership.” ~~ Barack Obama


46 posted on 01/28/2009 10:53:02 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah. 1-20-13 Freedom Day.)
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To: Steelfish
He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?

Oh, the carbon footprint. I thought we all had to make sacrifices.

47 posted on 01/28/2009 11:06:44 PM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: LukeL

It is the Yuppie way of life!

They all do it. In the middle of Winter, instead of putting on a sweater or keeping the jacket on, they jack up the thermostat.

They believe they are entitled to comfort everywhere, all the time.


48 posted on 01/28/2009 11:13:17 PM PST by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * JINDAL* PALIN * CANTOR 2012)
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To: JennysCool
“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” "

JennysCool: "Prove it."

EXCELLENT!!!

49 posted on 01/28/2009 11:23:45 PM PST by musicman (Until I see a REAL C.O.L.B. BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Steelfish
I really can't believe that nobody's commented on this little tidbit regarding the Oval Office:
When Mr. Bush moved in, he exercised his presidential decorating prerogatives and asked his wife, Laura, to supervise the design of a new rug.
Following after clinton, GWB had to replace the old rug. Ewwwww.
50 posted on 01/28/2009 11:26:08 PM PST by Bob
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