O No: Bushies Warned to Skip Pranks

Last time, Clinton aides took the "W" off office keyboards
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2009 7:33 AM CST
President Bush has ordered his staff not to play practical jokes, like removing the Os from keyboards, on incoming White House staffers.   (Photo: Business Wire)
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(Newser) – White House aides have been ordered not try some of the pranks played by Clinton aides eight years ago, reports CNN. Mischievous Clintonites yanked the "W" keys from keyboards, and outgoing aides have been warned to keep their mitts off the "O" keys—or try any other tricks, reports CNN.

The prank by Clinton aides was controversial at the time, although a General Accounting Office review said it had been exaggerated. Two current Bush officials say President Bush is insisting on an amicable and cooperative atmosphere for this first transfer of power of the post 9/11 era.