November 5th, 2008
01:04 PM ET
10 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. tilu

    Thank God we have Joe Biden for VP. Go away Palin and never show up. She is another republican joke!
    GOP called Obama every possible bad name to him, now he only has one name: President Obama. By the way I am an independent.

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Jennifer

    Can I just say. . . AMERICA, WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I voted for Barack, not because he's African American, BUT because he represents all of America, as is evident in the electoral map. He brings hope, change, inspiration, a breath of fresh air, a positive influence, a new day!!!!!!!!!!!!! He will serve his and our country well. We need to unite with each other and make this an even better place to live and call home. My children have been able to witness this place in history and so have I. How incredible is that? America, it's a NEW DAY!

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Constantine

    It is a great day for America!!! but its truly sad that people like Greg and the Obama Show writer have such hatred in their hearts Obama deserved to win he worked hard he didnt play the games that Mcain and Palin played. this country needs UNITY because its gonna take all of us to make America great again. But one thing i know is YES WE CAN!!!! and Im FIRED UP AND READY TO GO!!! God bless you Barack Obama!!!

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

    Once again Im proud to be American. No more water boarding or torture, Ending the war in Iraq, unwarranted spy taps, mercury in the water, Alberto gonzalez's or Donald Rumsfield, dick Cheney, No Millionaire Left behind, HUge Ballooning deficits, Pardoning of guys Named Scooter. I mean what is not to like? And to correct the previous inaccurate statement, the troops contributed to the Obama capaign at a rate of 6 to 1. I dont think they did that in order to stay in Iraq and get killed.

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. mn. red

    When people realize what they have done by electing this snake they will regret it. He will turn us into a theird world country. I can't belive you people are so blind to the facts.

    November 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Proud American at Last

    After eight bitter years of shame and disgrace brought upon this country by the reprehensible Bush-Cheney administration, I cannot stop weeping with renewed pride and emotional relief at this remarkable development. It is indeed a new day in America the beautiful.

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. John S

    We have improved our standing in the world. But that's just the beginning. Yes We Can.

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Kirthi , Wisconsin

    Many countries in the world say one thing but end up doing another. They would say that they would treat all human as equal, but will not carry out the action in reality. England , for example, is very unlikely to put a person of color in in the prime minister seat. The United States today proved that it actually does what it says. Well done USA. Once again you became a showpiece to the world and a role model for other countires to follow!

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. The Sun

    The sun is shininig bright. That means GOD is smiling, Ms. Arkansas

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Donal

    Congratulations America! An historic election. And the righteous candidate won!

    Now, you bitter, sorely deceived Republicans, you can stop whining about how the election was rigged, media-controlled, hijacked or stolen by false pretenses. The truth of the matter is, your candidates were LOSERS!

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Henri Brunot

    A question on the air is about Bill Clinton position in the democratic government.
    If ever Obama would think about living behind people like The couple Clinton,Powell,Kerry Kennedy etc.Yet It would be a big mistake.Because,many people think the president is going to be the only one to decide in a government.That's why they said Barack O. has no experience.The president is going to bring around him any citizen that he's almost sure ,he's able to handle such and such position.To me Having Bill clinton , Hillary C. Colonel Powell, and many others he'll be doing so good That he is going to be a pioneer in the political domain...
    Henri B.

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. daje

    this is the best thing that has ever happened in the whole United States of America and this is from a 6th grader at Ashland Middle School in the city of St.Louis

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Americans


    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Randall SUPER HAPPY in El Segundo, CA!!

    Thank God for this historical victory and all you voters who cast your vote for Obama and Biden! Finally, America showed the world we are not just a bunch of right-wing fanatics who think America is a theocracy. We are a DEMOCRACY and a pluralistic society. Bye bye Bush. Bye bye Cheney. Buy buy Rove and Rumsfeld and the rest of you losers. Bye bye Fox News. Welcome all you franchised voters. We did it. Now the hard work begins. Oh, yeah, I forgot, BYE BYE Caribou Barbie Palin. Martin Luther King, Jr. and JFK and Tim Russert must be turning over in their graves! Oh yeah, BYE BYE McCain and thank you for picking Sara Palin, the dumbest running mate ever. Bye Bye right-wing hatred. Good morning Democracy, once again!

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Anonymous

    I am so proud to be an American today. There was so much emotion last night all over this country. President-elect Obama has united us all and I hope that in time those that did not support him will come to see him for the great man that he is.

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. achmed_fubar

    Give the man a chance. After the first 100 days, the first year then start to judge him. As long as he TRYS to fulfill his campaign promises I'll back him 100%. I'm looking for efforts and results. Not endless vacations and making the rich richer off our sweat. If he doesn't deliver then he's a 1 term President and we try someone else.

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |

    good luck Mr. President elect, the world has been awaiting new direction for a long time. Although difficult is your task the people has stated you can handle the work. collectively America is willing and capable of more change for the betterment of our lives.
    Yes we can!!

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. SCGirl

    Even with last night's victory, it is sad to see that there is still so much hatred and syniscism posted in these blogs. For eight years we endured the blundering of George W. Bush and look where we ended up. ANYONE would be an improvement...can we just give PRESIDENT Obama a chance. If he runs the United States like the flawless campaign he ran. and if his cabinet and staff are as disciplined and determined as his campaign staffers, we may just stand a chance of getting out of this mess and establishing REAL unity.

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. SuperWonderful

    From 11pm post election till the dawn of the next day, there was heaven on Earth... well at least in the streets. Last night has wiped the slate clean on oppression, and most of all, racial prejudice. I am proud to be an American after seeing city blocks flooded with love and emotional supporters. There was no color barrier last night, the only barrier was the cars that the people exited to express they're joy. Peace be unto you, as well Peace be multiplied.

    November 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. Boytjie

    What a country... what a night! And while celebrating Obama's win I am also sad because Proposition 8 in California will write discrimination into its constitution.

    November 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Nesha

    Congratulations to President Barrack Obama. McCain's speech moved me what an honorable man. Like they both said let us come together as American to heal our country

    November 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. adg

    To Greg and all the other narrow minded People who have fallen into the lies of the mccain campain, YOU WERE LIED TOO! wake up!!! this is not the end of the world!!! Obama Is not a terrorist! He is not Hiding any secrets!! Cheney is!! but Obama Is not!! Hes is not a socialist!! He is your Presidant elect!!!! Have some Respect!!! You Gave Bush a chance !! now Give Obama a chance......

    November 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. amazedinPA

    unreal. The giddy overstated expressions of hope and how the world just changed that people are posting and feeling is killing me. Folks, Obama is not going to change very much at all. What can he do and how is he exactly going to do it? Thats not to say I don't think he'll be a great president. But people have lost their minds over this. I'm a semi intelligent man, I'd like to think, and neither candidate explained crap to me about exactly how they're going to accomplish their campaign claims. Somehow I must have missed the specifics Obama detailed, huh? Reading stuff like "I'm proud to be an American again", over and over again is ridiculous. If you people weren't proud Americans before last night, then you have been part of the problem with this country. Good luck Obama/Biden. I really hope you come remotely close to fulfilling all the dreams and magical outcomes so many people seem to have grasped onto. I really do as it will benefit me and my family also. But I'm going to hold off on the "ready to jump off a skyscaper because Obama is going to catch me" mode for now.

    November 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Bob

    "WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW" calls voters ignorant for having voted for Obama, and displays ignorance in doing so.

    It's OK to be upset about the loss, but give the hateful sniping a rest, willya? You've got to remember that the new administration won't be run like the previous one, so you don't need to fear being steamrolled if you disagree! People will take exception to you when you are rude and ignorant, but you still have the right to disagree.

    This man is going to bust his butt to bring the country back together, and make it better for all. Call it a "SHOW" if you wish. It's understandable – we've had bad actors in the White House for every Republican presidency except Bush senior.

    If you can manage to not hold on to the anger, bitterness and lies, in 2010 or 2011 you may find yourself feeling a little less extremist about all this.

    November 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. Thx u PA, OH, FL

    He has been elected, it's over.

    Can we finally unite as one...Can we stop all this hate and division, Can we work hard to make this world a better place not just for you and I but for our children, grandkids, nieces, nephews, can we give them some hope and dream that anything can be accomplished in this world, can we for once put all the negative comments aside and to stay positive and bring good changes to this country....Can We?

    November 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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