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. CM, AR

    YES WE DID!!!!

    Congrats President Elect Obama!

    November 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Montana Mama

    Mr. President, God Bless You...America and the world are so very lucky to have you....

    November 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. Jeff

    Yeah, I think this guy deserves a day off.

    November 5, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Margi

    Congratulations Mr. President. You deserve some rest.

    November 5, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. NJ Mom

    Let's give he and his family some long deserved time together. He has earned this rest. I hope all will respect his family, especially his children, whose lives are forever changed by this election. I told my kids as they left for school today, that their work has just begun...to be peacemakers and uniters...not dividers. The country has spoken and it is up to each and every one of us, no matter which party, to get to the work at hand. United we must all stand.

    November 5, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Joy

    God please continue to bless and keep Barack safe. AMEN!!

    November 5, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. bosoxgirl

    God Help Us All.

    He will stay out of view for a long time. This won't be the accessable president you wanted. He will only be available for special interest groups and anyone looking for a hand-out.

    1984 has begun and his supporters love being sheep. Free thought is histoire. Go read that book and see the scary parallels. Oh wait, you are too busy watching American Idol and voting as such.

    November 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. David Edwards

    Some pundits say that Barack was elected because it was a "Perfect Storm" of events that put an A.A. in the White House... It was more like a train wreck. With the Economy train barrelling down on the wrong track, with the Iraq War train speeding in at $10B dollars per month, with the job loss train running out of control... a train wreck occurred on Penn Avenue. After the wreck, there was a lowly young energetic community organizer there to pick up the pieces of emotions and lives left in the rubble. If nothing else, Barack the community organizer, now has the largest community in the world. He's very good at organizing people, to come together for the common good of the common man. I believe this is the skillset that he will need to put America back on the right track.

    November 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Wahoo!

    There is hope for us, America!

    November 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. rm

    He probably needs a nap.

    November 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. Brent A. Pope

    A proud American I have always been. Today we can all turn the page to a renewed future. Pride in America is GREATER THAN EVER. OUR VOTES PROVE, "WE CAN"! Today is the first day for the rest of our
    Journey.Building Dreams, Building Hope. It feels good to be proud.

    November 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Andy

    I woke today more scared that having Bush as President. Bush is not the brightest President ever, his mistakes have all been through his inability to understand politics. McCain didn't deserve to win, but Obama is scary. He is hailed as the black Kennedy. We know that Kennedy wasn't so great after all and look at what happened to him. I think Obama may turn out to be the worst thing for everyone, not just Americans. He has too many secrets and you can bet many people will be digging deep to find them.

    November 5, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. The Cosmos Rocks

    »HISTORY!HISTORY!OOH!

    November 5, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Doug

    Both Obama and McCain need to take a day off to exhale, recharge their batteries a little bit and spend QUALITY time with their families and loved ones.

    Then the president-elect will need to start thinking about how he'll make his campaign come to fruition. John McCain is free to become John McCain again. I have faith that McCain will re-emerge as the man that he once was before the advisors tried to make him something other than what he was. He still has something to contribute.

    I voted for Obama and am happy that he will have the opportunity to bring his vision to the process. But I also hope he is sleeping in today. He earned it.

    November 5, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Anthony

    Congrats Mr. President-elect...you earned it.

    November 5, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Eric the student

    wow!

    This is amazing... still cant believe it actually happend in some ways and I've been watching the numbers for months.

    The very act of ellecting him has the potential to change our national perspective. And I think he will be a good president, better than most in recent history.

    I hope he involves Biden in developing a course on Iraq – he had great ideas on how to leave Iraq with the potential to cure itself.

    I think marc ambinder at the atlantic was going over the likely choices for Obama chief of staff.

    November 5, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. djh

    Enjoy some peace and quite for now... rest up because we are counting on you to change the country and along with that the world!

    Congratulations President Obama!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. Happy Change

    As a white American I can say I am so happy that Barack Obama won. He and Michelle give us hope for a United America. Hope for a better future though it will take alot of work. Lets stand together and work hard to get our America back on track. I don't look at America as color or race I look at America as we need to stand together. Tha pasted is over the future is here! Things in the USA can only get better!! Thank you for your light.

    November 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Happy Canadian

    Congratulations to the U.S.A.! You finally broke through the racial divide and have made progress. Congratulations to Sen., oops, President-Elect Obama! We look forward to better relations with the U.S. which can only come with an Obama Administration. I can't wait for the Inaugural Address and the next 8 years!

    November 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. hopeful but skeptical

    Let the cronyism begin...

    November 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. the beginning

    AMERICA HAS BEEN RE-BORN!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. Akami

    Congratulations President-elect Obama!!! Congratulations to all how worked tirelessly volunteering the behalf of his campaign!!

    Yes we did!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. Carol

    @Greg....

    The American people voted for Obama....that's how he won!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Kim

    One word: WOW! I'm still overwhelmed and thrilled with this victory for America. This white, middle aged, proud Army Mom is so happy to see Americans vote for change. I wouldn't blame Barack (or McCain either, for that matter) if he spent Wednesday collapsed with his family, sitting around in his jammies!! I'm glad he's getting to work quickly and I'm impressed he canceled the fireworks last night because of the economic situation. Now, let's talk about the millions which will be spent on the inauguration....I vote we swear him in on live TV in the East Room, and save the money whether it's public or private.

    November 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. joe the plummer

    I am very happy of the turnout , just think how it would be if todd got in there

    November 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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