The Locker-Room Atmosphere in the Oval Office


It doesn’t take much to get the right wing to attack Obama. After being photographed without a jacket in the Oval Office, Andrew Card complained about the “kind of locker room experience that seems to be taking place in this White House and the Oval Office.” The Huffington Post found that, contrary to claims that he was never casual in the Oval Office, George Bush has been photographed without a jacket.


This so-called “locker-room atmosphere” was not limited to the Bush administration. Presidents have commonly been photographed in casual dress, including Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford:




This even includes fictional portrayals of the Oval Office, such as Jeb Bartlett:


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