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. I love it!!

    WOW...If you are ignorant enough to believe that an OBAMA whitehouse will ruin America, by allmeans, pack you crap up and get the HELL out!!

    America, love it or leave it...WE have spoken...CHANGE is GOOD

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Gidget goes back to Alaska

    The First family look so beautiful with the Biden family on stage last night! It was wonderful to see. Obama's speech was mov The crowd was amazing! The people there represented ALL of America. It was heart warming to see older people with younger people, blacks with whites,straights with gays, blue collar with white collar, men with women....Jews, Gentiles,Protestant and Catholics! America the beautiful once more! Big ups to Chi city!

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Wade

    I'm a paranoid guy. How long before some misguided fool makes an attempt on Obama's life? Sadly, I've lived my life around people who wouldn't bat an eye if it did happen.

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Saundra

    To all you Obama haters out there,

    Why don't you be a bit more like your party leader McCain and congratulate and stand behind the now president of your country. They may have different views but they do share a dream for a better America and that is what is most important. Let's end the divide, the hatred, and the arguing for once and truly stand behind one another as Americans by standing behind the new president.

    Like seriously, get over yourselves

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Sherry

    Okay, let's get rid of those negative Rev. Wright tapes; send Sarah Palin back to Alaska; take away Joe not-the-plumber's credentials; bring dignity back to the White House; rally behind an administration that will put the needs of the people first; become a shing example to the world that we are the true leader of the world; help this new President govern this country with a strong sense of purpose. YES WE CAN!

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Debbie in DC


    Do you have nothing better to do than leave these ridiculous posts on this message board?

    Obama won because the MAJORITY of Americans are tired of the same old thing. Your guy John McCain conceeded and so should you. It is time to pull together and leave behind the divisive small minded politicvs of the past. This is what Democracy is all about.

    Obama is our President elect and just like we all would have done if McCain would have been the winner, we will RESPECT our new president, and so should you.

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Roberto

    Most people in the Philippines join in wishing Pres. Obama the best. He has a tough task ahead, and gives the US a golden moment to shine... I do not think he will be as left as the right fears. I would expect him to appoint a competent, more centrist cabinet. A great president surrounds himself with great men and is smart enough to listen. I think the new president will meet that expectation.

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Joe Sixpack

    HOPE is the word here.

    My HOPE is that the black community will not perceive this as a transition of power that will lead to their being granted favoritism and political clout.

    My HOPE is that we, as Americans can come together as a country of one and solve the social, educational, economic and "haves and haves not" issues the current administration has dug us deeply into.

    #1 The banks who were bailed out and have yet to lend the money received should have the money, and the interest it has earned returned to the treasury where it can be redistributed into the economy and not some billionaires back pocket via a golden parachute.

    #2 Bush/Cheney have gotten us into this financial crisis. They should pay through the legal system for their actions. CLEARLY the "Bailout" was nothing more than a gift of gratitude to those in the 9+ figure category who also should face the legal system and be punished for their crimes to society.

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. suzana

    I am so surprizes by Barack's speech last night. Is that the kind of CHANGE we are all waiting for????!!!!! He did make sure that his daughters will get their puppies in the White House????? . Instead of talking for more important things he promised during his campain. We all know and understand he will be taken care better than anyone else but why should you say such thing in front of hundreds of people last night waiting to hear something else!!!!!!!!!!!!. Hope he will deliver what he promised. Let see America who was right or wrong in this matter. Let's wait for thatCHANGE. Let's give him that chance. Time will tell. GOOD LUCK MR. Obama in this difficult job you got it.

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Robert the Man

    Glad to see ACORN did its job by voter fraud in Ohio!

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. InTx

    Ok, you all think this is such a great thing, lets see what his first order of business will be when he takes his oath. Hmmm..........handing out paychecks to those who continue to not work, let more illegals stay here and drain our econony, or just flat out make this a terrible place to live. I have nothing personal against the man, but when he went from talking to screaming, then buying the election by smearing his face everywhere, I personally am sick and tired of seeing him. Now we have to see him for 4 years, and watch as our country is dragged into even worse shape than it already is. WAY TO GO DEMS!

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. roth Daniel

    Good wishes to the President Barak Obama! and his family!What an extraordinary example to the rest of the world!!

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Proud American...regardless of who won

    All of you people saying "I'm finally proud to be an American" are idiots!!!! Yes, Obama won and hopefully he can fix the mess we are in.........but to not be proud of the USA no matter who is in the White House is ignorant and wrong.

    I hope Obama keeps his promises.......the fluff is over and now it's time to show what you can do.

    I'm glad the election is over and will support Obama.....and wish him luck. I know I wouldn't want the "toughest job in the world".

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. John Anaheim, CA

    I hope this guy turns out as good as many of you seem to think he is, because he is going to have a lot on his plate come January. Based on what he said during his campaign, I don't think he is going to have the right answers for many of the problems we are facing. If not, we'll be electing somebody different in four years.

    November 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. tony from new castle

    i voted obama all the way and im glad that he won. ralph nader would have also been good. but obama is what the country needs.

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. rusell

    and this is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN ,...............makes you feel proud to be an American .

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Larry

    Why when the country votes for "change" The Neo-con's start rite up talking about governing from the center...? I personally voted for a "Liberal" President who Governs unlike what we have had The republicans who "Rule". There is a huge differance. "We Need Real Change" Not a Puppet again.

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. kevin-pa

    majority (more than 80%) of comments are pro obama...moderator clearly has taken sides..anyway, I voted for McCain, and I am proud of it!!
    but today belongs to President Obama!!! Obama is a very intelligent guy but my fear is today there is no checks and balences for policy decisions. Obama president , nancy polosi controlled congress and harry reid controlled senete. This is recepie for disaster.

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Mary

    This is a FREIGHTENING time for our country!!

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Bob

    To all the snipers and gripers and whiners – get it out of your system. Get over it, and realize that last night you had an overwhelming victor who didn't gloat, didn't mention having a "mandate" for his agenda, didn't name call, blame, or criticize. Instead you had that overwhelming victor reach out to you, promise to earn your support, invite you to be included in the process, and promise to serve ALL Americans.

    You need to get over it, because if we spend another 4 years at infighting, this country is going to be in worse trouble than it is right now. Last night you were extended the open hand of friendship and support, and you received a request to help us make this country greater, to help unite the country despite our differences, to re-establish America as a great nation and a great leader of nations around the world.

    Inclusiveness is new, and perhaps strange to you. I know it's going to take some getting used to. But when you've calmed down, we need all "hands on deck" to make this country great and greater. Please join in.

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Kim

    America is on it's way to healing. Perhaps if all the hating ceased then the United States of America could be united again!

    God Bless Obama and God Bless the United States of America!

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Steve

    Question to all....If Barack Obama was a Republican would he have won the election? Would all the "new" voters he pulled in have voted for the Republican party on a straight party ballot? This straight party voting changed many local elections outcomes. I argue that the "new" voters voted for Barack Obama because he was A.A. and not because of the party he represents. The state voting registrations show that there were record number of A.A's voting for the first time. This is not meant to be racist in any way but a simple question of how would the new voters have voted. For the party or the person?

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Rick K

    Many of my friends and I responded to negativism like the comments here by donating, organizing and volunteering.

    You can thank yourselves for reminding us constantly of what we were working to overcome.

    Obama won because there were more people who were willing to spend their time and money working for his vision for the country than that of the current Republican party. Simple as that.

    That's how America works.

    Your choice now is to help try to make things better or stand in the way.

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Democrats Rule!

    John McCain gave his greatest speech ever last night. Congrats to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Let's keep our expectations real folks. There is a lot of "stuff" for them to clean up. Best wishes on a successful Presidency and Vice Presidency.

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. chunk77

    Glad to hear he will be out of view for a while, his ego is resentful

    November 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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