Skip to comments.White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code
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.
Hes from Hawaii, O.K.? said Mr. Obamas 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Next step, pants unzipped by the wash basin.
So much for energy conservation. I'm waiting for Al Gore to condemn Obama.
Respect for the Oval Office is out the window.
Respect for the President is out the window now.
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.
If he hates the cold, why take of your suit jacket?
In every office I've ever worked in, it was always the women who cranked up the thermostat. Just sayin'...
That's rich. It just doesn't get better than this.
I guess Zero will let people come in with their clothes on backwards, a la Cris Cross, or whatever the hell they were called.
Hes from Hawaii, O.K.?
I see, he was a Senator from Hawaii.
Where have you been? Liberals never practice what they preach. Lowering thermostats and lowering expectations and lowering consumption is only for “little people”
Think of the great men who once occupied that office. Now its Barry Soetoro. Disgusting.
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.
That's rich. It just doesn't get better than this.
Sacrifices for thee but not for me.
Californication in the White House. This whole “dress down” thing, like ALL social diseases, started in California and spread east.
“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.
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!
Here we go again. Just like the Carter Administration. Can gray cardigan sweaters be next?
...what happened to the “Toughen Up” Obama from today who mocked Washington for the way they handled bad weather (see above link)
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.
“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?)
Bet the .00’s got a radiant heater under his desk just like 99% of the women who work in an office!
The south of...Venezuela?
Nice-n-toasty down there.
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
Obama Says He Will Control Your Thermostat:
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."
I predict we’ll see a pic of him in the oval office with a baseball cap on backwards.
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
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.
“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.
What an ass.
The irony is that the DC area is all blue and voted for this piece of work.
Wellll; aren’t chamillions cold blooded?
and he wants to get “flinty” with DC snow policies? hahahahahaha
(scratches head) Sure he was born in Hawaii (well, theoricially anyway) but...but I thought he was from Chicago?
Hawaii, Kenya, Illinois, what's the difference?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Odd, I thought he was the junior senator from Illinois (where it's now 14 degrees).
“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
Oh, the carbon footprint. I thought we all had to make sacrifices.
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.
JennysCool: "Prove it."
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.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.