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. Jeez

    I can Finally tell "Obama Show" that he is welcome to leave the country if he wishes.

    November 5, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |


    November 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Ken, Republican Voted for Obama

    You deserve a break

    November 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. rgl

    I truly hope that Obama can fulfill his promises to the american people. It would be sad to see all show and no go.

    November 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Joe the proud father

    Im overjoyed, and full of emotions. My 8 year old son stood in line with me for 1 1/2 hours, he never complained, he was very eager to place a vote for Barack Obama.
    I allowed him to push the button for Obama, and cast his first vote for our next historic president.
    Im proud to be an American, Im proud to be African American, and proud to finally see that we are finally equal in many eyes.
    GOD bless America..

    November 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Ken in Dallas

    Republicans seem to be really lousy losers. Maybe they'll improve with practice.

    November 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Sophia, 23, FL

    Mr. President Obama....I love those words

    November 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Val

    I salut McCain for all and i Congratulate Obama. I have another dream that African presidents will rise to the occasion and learn some real democracy and that Black people will believe that they can make it too with the support of not only black people but that of every other race. Together we stand, divided we fall.
    The world has entered a new era and America will once again be a respected nation in the world. Change has come and its much needed positive change in the world. As i write this, hundreds of people are dieing in Congo and thousands more around the world and Americans are fighting a wreckless war in Iraq. Lets rise together and put an end to this global crises

    November 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Claire

    RE: Jennifer and this comment:

    November 5th, 2008 10:14 am ET
    I think I will move my family to Canada for the next 4 years.

    OK!! BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Linda from Prescott AZ

    He will be wise in making his decisions.
    He is a good man and this country will heal and be whole again.

    November 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Lamont

    This is a moment in time that makes you extra proud to be an American. I knew there was something special about this guy and it proves you do not have to play dirty tricks to win. God bless America and God bless our new President and Vice President.

    Look at McCain’s supporters and look at Obama supporters. Which is more reflective of our society. The republicans need to really reach out to all Americans and stop perpetuating divisiveness and racial segregation. They will never be accepted if they continue to function in this manner. This is a new day and a new America.

    November 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Marc

    WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW, Super D and all McCain supporters... you voted (I hope) and your candidate wasn't elected, you're angry and you're frustrated. Fine. But now you have to grow up.
    Repeat the smears and the lies and say that the media is 'leftist', 'biased' or whatever... won't do any good. So you don't trust Barack Obama? Then keep an eye on him. He made promises and exposed his plans for the future, keep an eye on him and see if he's a man of his word.
    If he isn't you'll have an easy job to convince anyone to vote Republican in the next election. Stop with that stupid idea that he will create an USSA or whatever, he has no power to change the USA to a socialistic country and even if he had the AMERICAN PEOPLE wouldn't let him do that.
    So if he isn't a man of his word, the Republican Party will have an easy time in the next election.
    But if he is....

    PS: to the loser who whined (in another blog of this page) that 'since the South voted Red and the North voted blue let's separate'... GET A LIFE LOSER! The 'Right to SECEDE' does not exist!

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

    We're all screwed, royally. Get ready to open your pocketbooks, defend our borders and be overran by invading forces.

    November 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Emily Frost

    As a representative of many of the demographics .... 70 year old grandmother ... white ... Jewish ... very educated . ... retired ... married .... undependant .... everyone one of those characteristics screamed at me that we needed REAL CHANGE that only the youth and forward thinking of Barack Obama could bring. All Americans, from every demographic, must give this man the chance to unite this great nation and earn, once again, the respect of the world.

    November 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Ken in Dallas

    Really sore losers in here.

    November 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Mary

    If you think Nobama is bringing this country together – THINK AGAIN – this country will see such division like never before.

    God help our country!

    November 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. cqq

    Palin 2012 - CHANGE we will need.

    November 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Betty

    You Obama lovers are all brain washed. WAKE UP AMERICA HE will raise your taxes MR>Barack HUSSIAN OBAMA.

    November 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. jl11108

    Congratulations, America! We are such an awesome new President!

    November 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Edison, NJ


    November 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Jay

    Get some rest Mr President 🙂

    November 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. The Cosmos Rocks


    November 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Razor40

    I am disappointed there were not more independent votes. I do not understand why the people in this country do not demand something better from the politcal system. Voting as though there are only two choices shows an extreme lack of creativity and fear. We've become like catttle. Whatever we're told to do we will do. We simply fall in line to one socialist regime or the other. Will this nation ever show guts again? 1980 was the last time enough people stood for their principles. …I was too young to experience that as a voter. …..I wonder if I ever will.

    -Why is this comment still waiting for moderation???

    November 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Bob

    "Christian" – lots of us believe in God, do God's works, and never have the temptation to proselytize from the podium. If your belief in God includes bringing people together for the betterment of all, if your belief in God includes dealing appropriately with hatred and intolerance, if your belief includes respect and tolerance, then have no fear.

    November 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Lisa S - St. Louis MO

    Please President-Elect Obama, take at least one day to recoup and relax. I think everyone would give you that! You will remain in our hearts as you pay your grandmother to rest and take a few breaths before diving into cleaning up this country.

    It's been broken for almost 8 years; we can wait a few more days!

    November 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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