Do as I say, and not as I do. White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code Pete Souza/White House, via Bloomberg News President Obama in a meeting last week in the Oval Office, where his predecessor required a coat and tie at all times. By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG Published: January 28, 2009 WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ 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. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs from Hawaii, O.K.?‚ÄĚ said Mr. Obama‚Äôs senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. ‚ÄúHe likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.‚ÄĚ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/us/politics/29whitehouse.html?_r=2 Orchids eh? He likes it warm you say? YouTube - Obama Says He Will Control Your Thermostat The desert...the tundra...but not the White House I guess.