November 5th, 2008
01:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama likely to stay out of view Wednesday

He's headed out of sight for a little while.
He's headed out of sight for a little while.

(CNN) - After a nearly two-year campaign for the White House, Barack Obama is likely to spend his first day as president-elect out of view from the public.

He will not hold a press conference, campaign aides told CNN, though he is expected to hold one by the end of the week. Obama had joked with reporters earlier this week he would talk to them on Wednesday, though aides quickly said that was not likely.

Instead, Obama will meet with key advisors and begin making decisions about his transition team, including who will serve as his White House chief of staff. Reports say Obama is close to naming Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel to that post, but that has not been confirmed.

UPDATE: According to the pool report, Obama appears to be staying away from cameras. A scheduled photo-op with his family did not happen, and the president-elect did not take his daughters to school, as Obama aides had suggested he would.

He was spotted making a trip to the gym, and he briefly waved to reporters as his car went by.

soundoff (453 Responses)
  1. one angry american

    Hey Mike Smith look up Idiot in the dictionary and you will see a picture of Osama...im sorry I mean Obama and a picture of Biden.

    November 5, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. buddy

    THANKS AMERICA!! WE SOLD OUT VIET NAM AND NOW IT'S TIME TO DO THE SAME TO IRAQ -THINK OF ALL THE MILITARY AS YOU READ THIS. THEY HAVE DIED IN VAIN!

    November 5, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Dave

    Haha! Yes we did! Now, where are all those geniuses that said this was going to be a close race? hahaha.

    American's have stood up and said, "Enough!"

    I wonder what the hicks, rednecks, racists and otherwise right wing followers will do without someone to tell them to be afraid. Will they have to start thinking for themselves?

    Oh, by the way, if you don't want an abortion, don't get one. If you don't want a gay marriage, don't get one.

    November 5, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Deanne Lawson

    I'm proud to have lived and finally seen what was a dream not only for my founding fathers of the civil rights movement but to see the american dream prosper. Many believe that this is an huge accomplishment for African Americans but it was a huge barrier for "America " the land of oppertunity to cross and look beyond the color of your skin and political party and choose the best canidate. I was overwhelmed at the humility of the patriots at grant park it war so surreal for me a 22 year old to see Americans of all orgins ,age , descent, sexual preferance to come togather embrace and heal. The rally ignited my faith in humanity because the truth is the face of America has no specific race, religion , and sex .We are America united diverse and ready for change.

    November 5, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. GOP Voter

    Mr. Obama will be our new president and has been elected my a large margin. I congratulate him and respect him as my president. Unlike the Democrats and the liberal media in past elections I will not dis-honor him and try to destroy his character. As Americans we need to stand together!

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. okie

    Congrats to Obama and Biden.
    I can see it now when the Obama's are moving into the white house they will be singing the theme song from the Jefferson's.. " well we're moving on up to the east side, we finally got a piece of the pie."

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. deanthoreau

    Obama won,
    without dirty politics
    without special interst money
    without racial slurs and inferences
    without a media that was kind to him.
    Obama won:
    with honesty, determination, patriotism, hard work, and a true sincere desire to make this country a better place for all people.
    with a family who loves him
    with the blessings from above
    with my vote!

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Truth Be Told

    welcome to the obama show must be referring to his/her beloved candidates! why don't you just disappear and let the americans, democrats, republicans and independents alike, savor this victory and be unified for once.

    now, go away. shoo! we don't need your vitriolic and i d i o t i c rantings! shoo!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. karess

    VICTORY

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. ST

    Greg and Andy, get over it! It's done. Barack ran a good campaign and it's time we all rally behind him. McCain was not a good candidate. He does not have the intellect to run this country. I personally am tired of C students ruling America. We need brains and dignity. Obama can bring that. The Repubs should have chosen Romney or Huckabee.

    I think this marks a great chapter in America. It's going to take time to get us where we need to be, but it will happen.

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Harvey

    Solid as Barack! How lucky are we to have him? Super lucky!
    Thank your lucky stars that someone like this came along, just in time.

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. an america patriot

    congrats to our new president. as a proud asa american, I salute thee!

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Ding

    Congratulations President Obama and all his supporters. His campaign staff was extraordinary. This just proves to me that not all Americans can be fooled by the right wing extremists. I am glad America finally woke up to change. I am proud of my country but today is a day I truely wish I was an American. Congratulations America. The entire world is now looking up to you again.

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. wayne

    congrats to Obama. Now I am wondering what everyone who voted for him expects him to do for them.

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. JK27

    All of the sore losers who are leaving sour grapes comments here need to realize that we all need to work together to make some real improvements and progress in this country. Devisive, partisan politics are not helping.

    The right result, at the right time. Congrats to Barack Obama!

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. greta

    our country has hope.
    we can and will be able to do what is needed to become united under barack's leadership.
    for those who still have hate in your hearts, let it go.
    enjoy these moments, don't hate him or what you think you know about him.
    it is so obvious to see he is a good, genuine and brilliant man. enjoy this time, it is your time too.

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Joe

    Andy, don't be scared...as you heard both Obama and McCain say last night, we need to come together not as Democrat or Republican, but as Americans. The majority of people are willing to try to make the country better for everyone...as a Democrat, I'm not going to sit here and gloat...that's not what we're about. What we will do is to ask everyone to put aside their differences. Join us, give us your ideas, lets compare notes...The time has come to work together. For once, we have an opportunity to make things better for everyone. The people posting negative comments, they still don't get it. Don't listen to them...but we can do this. And we can do it without their immature comments and negative outlook. This is not a victory for Democrats...it's a victory for Americans. Lets work with each other!

    November 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. A white guy who proudly cast his vote for Obama

    A new day has dawned for America. Now is the time to put aside all division and unite for the sake of our country. McCain gave a very gracious concession speech, and deserves praise for the dignity with which he accepted defeat. There is much work to be done.

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. Gaffle

    The world is a better place with such an intelligent, motivating and inspirational leader as President of the U.S.

    If he leads American like he ran his campaign, our future looks bright!

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. H. Charles

    Now that this is over, I hope that both Obama and McCain can work together to bring change to this country and to this world.

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Tired Of Paying

    I truly hope that Obama knows what he is doing.

    I have always taught my children that they, and they alone, are responsible for their lives. They get out of life what they put into it. This is so very hard to teach when most of the US are a bunch of whiny, begging, blaming people who want everything handed to them because they "have a right to it" and the condition they are in is "not my fault" and is the fault of anyone else who has done the right thing, followed the rules, educated themselves and gained a little prosperity.

    I AM TRULY FEARFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. ian

    He's not going to his grandma's fueneral? What a piece of work!

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. dissapointed

    is this country really this ignorant compleet democratic majoratiy GOD HELP US

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. dft

    All the haters need to take a break too. Take time to learn the truth about Obama and his plans. It is intellectually lazy to take the slanderous lies of people like Rush and Sean as the truth. In fact it is these people and those who blindly follow them that lost the election for McCain. They bashed him during the primary requiring him to make a base pick for VP and to move his policies further right. This tied his hands to attempt to reach out to the independents and conservative Democrats that he had to have. The continued baseless attacks overshadowed any attempt by McCain to court these voters. It would have been much easier to convince people to vote for McCain with well thought out policies and a vision for America than with the negative attacks that could be disproved with simple research.

    McCain needs to do a better job to repudiate the lies and attempt to move back to the middle where he has served this country well.

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Becky

    WE DID IT!!!!! WE GOT OUR MANDATE!!!! HOORAY AMERICA!!! RATIONALITY BEAT IDEOLOGY!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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