"The president is going to start at 8 a.m., and he also has breakfasts at 7:15 a.m. and things like that," Fitzwater said.

Fitzwater, who was Bush's press secretary as vice president before becoming Reagan's spokesman, said he expects the president's working day to last until 5 or 6 p.m.

Reagan usually had his first appointment at 9 or 10 a.m. and seldom stayed past 5 p.m., often leaving the Oval Office in mid-afternoon.

Fitzwater said John Sununu, Bush's chief of staff, had indicated he would meet with his senior staff daily at 7:30 a.m. and meet with the president shortly after that.

Reagan's meetings with his chief of staff have been ordinarily either at 9 or 10 a.m.

Fitzwater said he, too, will be coming to work a half-hour earlier than his present 7:30 a.m.