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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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pour-qua pour-qua 8 years
I love his work style! I'd like to work for a boss like that. Unfortunately, it's all paid for by illegally taxing citizens. And yes, I'd be pointing that out if it was McCain in that seat just the same.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Heh, if this was actually news then I doubt any of us would be debating the clothes. But its not news, its a fluff piece, and it deserves fluff comments. (Besides, page one was the usual two-sided crap slinging contest so I rather see people at least joke with each other about some aspect of this (trivial) news story than argue over this (trivial) news story as if its somehow serious enough to warrant it.) I do think he needs to turn the temp down (I'm biased, I am a cold weather person as well as an energy-aware one)....however, on the flipside of that, in the summer months I reckon he won't need as much air-con so it will probably even out the energy usage somewhat. As for the office style, its been proven time and again when people are happier and more comfortable, they are more productive. The random visits to offices are a great way to not only check in on people but it also has the potential effect of making people feel noticed and appreciated if done with the right attitude. Oh...and I hate thongs showing at any time, but actually I just HATE thongs. A more perverse and unnecessary tragedy of feminine clothing has never been invented. Even on a perfect body I can only think of it as "butt floss". Uergh. Boyshorts - way cuter.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Assuming malicious intent? That's just ridiculous! :rotfl: Ladies, this is a very serious news story and we should be having very serious discussions about it. No more of this foolish talk about women's fashions. Don't you know you are only enforcing negative stereotypes? Now, back to the very serious, intelligent discussion at hand. What do you think about Obama not wearing a jacket? Do you think he should be drinking Snapple instead of Honest Tea?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
My boss pops in sometimes, and what do you know. I always seem to be doing something she doesn't approve of. Ugh drives me crazy. She usually comes in on wednesday and friday, our slowest days, because the other days she is just as busy as I am. And I just turned around to tell my coworker something, and she walks in. It's like she has esp or something :raspberry:
tiabia tiabia 8 years
What's even better is that now neither fashion nor politics is being discussed...
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I'd love Obama as my boss. The high heat alone is something I would enjoy. I hate working in a chilly ass office where the attitudes are just as cold all day. . "Instead of summoning aides to his office, Obama often wanders around the West Wing, popping in for surprise visits." . And I love that one :) I think more bosses need to walk around the workplace checking up on their workers. Maybe then they'd have more of an idea of what's going on with their employees work ethics and more. . Barack wouldn't make me nervous walking around. I'd appreciate it because it would also cut down on all the unneeded drama betwen employees within the office.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
So you're not defensive, you just bring up non sequiturs. I can accept that! :) There's nothing bad about it, and I never said there was. I made a laughing, throwaway comment that was taken WAY too seriously by one person. To assume malicious intent is just ridiculous.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I am NOT defensive. : ) But seriously, I'm fine talking politics or clothes. I can do two things. What's so bad about that?
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
TS, I'm not worried about it, I'm kind of laughing at it, and then discussing it further when it seemed to confuse you and make you defensive. Besides, why bring in "I'm intelligent!" when no one implied anything otherwise?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I get what you are saying chaton.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I'm defensive? I'm not the one worried about *gasp* women discussing clothes.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
TS, no one questioned your intelligence. A little defensive on that front, it seems? Perhaps I should rephrase it. This strengthens the stereotype that women are interested in fashion to the exclusion of other topics. Half the comments on this post had NOTHING to do with what people are wearing to the White House.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Also...the post is about clothes! It's about jackets.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I think I make enough substantial comments to feel confident that I have proven myself an intelligent creature. You can have an opinion about politics and about ugly clothes.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
You shouldn't fight it, but it's really one of the most trivial things women could possibly talk about on a site which discusses current events. Clothing is not an event, no matter how you spin it.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Why would I feel obligated to fight a stereotype than women are interested in clothes? I am interested in clothes.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I'm so glad that a news site, when aimed at women, turns into a discussion of what fashions we hate. Way to fight the stereotype!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I never got the impression that Bush was "buttoned up" He always seems casual to me.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Yes! I always say (and type) that wrong.
indielove indielove 8 years
"And boots tucked into jeans. " :? Do you mean jeans tucked into boots?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I hate tights worn as pants. And boots tucked into jeans. The former makes it look like you just forgot something (pants!) and the latter only looks good you have a very complex anti-knee-bunching mechanism in place (say, stirrup jeans). No one wears slacks and a nice blouse anymore.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
OH! :oops: I didn't even see that! LOL!
indielove indielove 8 years
momma, I said -1(as in negative 1). My comments weren't meant to offend(for once). :)
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
This was on the front page?!?! I didn't notice that.... thats pretty weird.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Hey people produce more the more comfortable and relaxed they are. One of my old bosses use to let me wear one ear phone and listen to music while I worked cause he realized one I could still hear him when he called my name, two I was happier during the day and three I was puttin out work like no body's busniness.
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