I need to remember all this. In case Dubya ever requests an audience with me. By JULIE MASON Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - President Bush likes to wax populist by calling the White House "the people's house," but his rules of decorum aren't what you would find in most people's homes. Coming to office after the more casual Clinton administration, Bush imposed a strict dress code and standards of promptness for employees, visitors and even the rumpled press corps. Bush once famously needled Adam Entous of Reuters for entering the Oval Office with a loosened tie. "You look fine today, Adam. The tie," Bush told Entous, during a brief audience for reporters with the prime minister of the Netherlands. Bush, who rates sartorial lapses only slightly below pagers and cell phones going off during his speeches, was being sarcastic. He really didn't think the loose tie was fine. "It's not as bad as a beeper violation. But it's getting close," Bush said. Bush recently hosted South Korean President Roh Moo-hyn in the Oval Office, where he was visibly annoyed by the nonchalance of visiting South Korean newsmen. Members of the White House press corps understand that, as a rule, touching the furniture in the Oval Office is strictly forbidden. Even when Bush brings a group of journalists in for an informal chat, he does not invite them to sit. So it was with unconcealed consternation that Bush sat through a brief question and answer session with the South Korean president, while two sound engineers from the South Korean press corps sprawled on a couch to get a good position for the remarks. The generally loquacious Bush delivered his comments in short, abrupt sentences with a tone of impatience. So profound was his air of injury that at one point, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, standing against a wall, stepped forward to peer at the offending sound technicians.