Obama and Co. demonstrate the new White House informality in Oval Office meeting!
(L to R) Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. President Barack Obama, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and National Economic Director Lawrence Summers meet to discuss the economy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on January 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Pete Souza/White House Press Office)
Forget for a moment what a contrast Obama and these men in shirt sleeves in the Oval Office make with the Bush and Reagan years when a certain reverence for the Oval Office meant formal attire was required. It's the reason the men need to strip off their coats that intrigues me:
White House Unbuttons Formal Dress CodeThis from a man who said:
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
New York Times
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.
“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.”
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.Obama may need to ride in carbon belching armored cars and fly around on a 747 for security reasons. But there's no security requirement for the thermostat in the oval office to be set to replicate a green house.
“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.
Just another example of the personal leadership Obama demonstrates on environmental issues. Rules are meant to be followed by the little people. Not him. Is that leadership?