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. Amy

    Today I can honestly say from my heart that I am once again proud to be an American.

    Obama gives me hope and makes me joyful! Congrats to the man who has brought this country together again!

    November 5, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. The Cosmos Rocks

    »LANDSLIDE! OOH! YES!

    November 5, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. J.

    This is a referendum on George Bush. McCain is a great man and would have been a great president 8 years ago. Now we need someone with new ideas which is why this Republican voted for Obama.

    Congratulations sir and please make us proud!

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Daje

    Barack has made black people beileve that they can be anything that they be only if you work hard enough same daje

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Will Landstrom

    Yes. I can honestly say I feel proud of our country again. And to the still-clinging-to-the-Rove/Bush/Limbaugh.ites out there....No I was NOT proud of what this country did over the past 8 years.

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Uncle Fester

    To Greg and Welcome to the Obama Show:

    "In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long"

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. David E. Jackson

    As a Black American, I am proud that Barack Obama became the first Black person to become president. But I am more proud that he could not have achieved such a feat without a free America who objectively voted him to this position because they felt he can do the job better than someone else. . . .and not because he was Black.

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Mr. Carter

    I'm a 30 year old African-American man from Mississippi. I finally feel that President Obama has given the rest of us the perfect blue print to follow. Congrats Mr. President for us in a small State in the South. God bless America....

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Conservative James, Phoenix, AZ

    I absolutely love hearing all the sour grapes blogs from the sore losers.

    To all Republicans who voted for McCain and are now whining, answer me this:

    Your Republican president has ruled for the past 8 years and look where we are now?

    I think you get the picture. Have a great next 4 years.

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Independent Dave, Iowa

    Thankfully, we have dodged the Palin bullet............for now!

    Keep ever vigilant against the American Taliban!

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Americans unite

    THE ENERGY OF THE UNIVERSE HAS RAISED, AND WE HAVE CHOSEN LOVE OVER FEAR! Congratulations to the USA...

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. COLORADO

    It was like New Years Eve last night, only better. I am so incredibly happy to wake up to a new and better America.

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Howie

    I came to this country as a student from Jamaica, now I am an American citizen and very elated to be a part of this Historic moment in the United States of America. I wish President elect Barack Obama and Vice President elect Joe Biden God's blessings , speed and that they will ask for his Wisdom and Vision to lead this Great Nation back to what so many have landed on these shores with hopes of ensuring a better tomorrow for themselves and their loved ones.
    OBAMA / BIDEN 08....

    November 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Jack in Tampa

    God Bless America and God Bless Barack Obama! A new day is dawning and as Barack said we are the United States!

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. stig

    Super-D, to say that you don't know this man at all is a statement of ignorance. In this day of madern technology and our access to information world wide at our finger tips, (And by posting here you have indicated that you have access to the same information that everyone else here does.) to not know a candidate is only the fault of the person making the comment. The election campaigns on both side have been going on for 2 years and if you don't know more than you ever wanted to about either candidate then you simply haven't been paying attention. Regardless of who you voted for, there is no excuse for anyone in this country to have to make an uneducated decision and feel as if they don't know a candidate unless they just didn't look at all.

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Jay

    Rest up Mr. Obama, there is much to be done. I see many posts here bashing any post that is not gushing about his win. There are many questions to be answered by Mr. Obama, questions that should have been asked by an impartial media hat were not. That is why people are qondering about his presidency. Please stop bashing one another and work to make sure that this remains the most free, most inspiring, and most productive nation in the history of man

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. The Cosmos Rocks

    »AMERICA ROCKS!!! YES! Ooh!

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Tony

    LET THE BACKPEDDLING BEGIN.

    Reality will hit somewhere around August when NOBAMA will have to admit he cannot do what you bought into.

    Good Luck!

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. brandon

    I'm so proud of my country today. I'm so proud to be an american. We just did something the world thought we were not advanced or mature enough to do. Let's move beyond the racist,elitist ways of the past. Let's look at each other and the rest of the world as equals. President Obama is the future youth and hope and are our future. Fathers raising there children is our future. Let's re build our country and its standing with the larger global community...posted from a wireless device sorry for grammar errors

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Melissa in MA

    OBAMA is our generation's JFK. HOPE is restored to Americans! I couldn't be happier.

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Tom in PA

    To issues:

    Frst this should be recognized as a new dawn for the American dream that ALL men are indeed created equal; that we have at least BEGUN to judge ourr children by the content of their character instead of the color of thier skin.
    Second: I am ashamed that there are still those who refuse to accept what has happened, who continue to live lives filled with hate and dillusion as illustrated by just a handful (Greg for instance) and who continue to believe that FEAR will get us farther than HOPE.

    Say what you will, of the two campaigns (MCCain is a great American who has served this country long and well) it was the Republicans who ran on fear and Obama who ran on "the possible".

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Betty

    We will not unite together as americans. He is your President. I don't agree with Obama on one issue. You voted him in, be prepared to pay higher taxes and he will ruin the economy far worse than you think Bush has done. This is a SAD DAY!

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. CAROL ANN JOSEPH

    CONTRATS TO BARACK OBAMA. THIS COMMWENT IS PROBABLY IN THE WRONG PLACE, BUT YOU ASKED WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN TO SARAH PALEN. IT IS MY POSITION THAT AFTER SHE GIVES AWAY HER $150,000.00 WARDROBE, SHE SHOULD BE GIVEN PERMANENT GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT NEGOTIATING WITH THE RUSSIAN PLANES FLYING OVER ALASKA AND THE RUSSIANS WATCHING ALASKA THROUGH BINOCULARS AND TELESCOPES.

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. Bonnie Rice

    Gregg: How did Obama win?

    The will of the people. After all the slander and lies from the GOP the people said enough is enough. Most of us remember the rigged 2000 and 2004 elections Gregg – the will of the people!

    We come together as one people to fix the problems of the last 8 years with hard work and respect for all citizens of the U.S.

    Lady Liberty prevails!

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. popeye

    He deserves a nice rest! Maybe he should think about Joe the Plumber to help him clean up all the crap from the last eight years.

    November 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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