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The Aloha Office: Obama Brings His Style to Work

Despite the fact that Hawaii-born President Obama likes to keep the thermostat in the Oval Office way turned up, the mood around the White House is pretty chill. Unlike buttoned-up Bush, Obama has set a more informal tone during his first week at work.


This week, the New York Times provided a rundown of Obama's presidential style. Some highlights:

  • The workday begins at 9 a.m., not 7 a.m. as it did under Bush. Barack works out, reads the paper, and has breakfast with his family before he makes the 30-second commute.
  • It's not necessary to wear a jacket in the oval office.
  • Weekend dress code is business casual, a policy that shocked ex-Bush staffers.
  • Meetings start on time and run late. With Bush they began early and always ended on time.
  • Instead of summoning aides to his office, Obama often wanders around the West Wing, popping in for surprise visits.
  • The White House refrigerators are stocked with Obama's favorite Honest Tea in the Black Forest Berry and Green Dragon flavors.

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