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. OhioMOMforO

    Greg, grow up. Obama won because most of your fellow citizens - quite a few of whom are very well-informed and well-educated - chose early in the election cycle to vote for him. Most people made up their minds almost immediately. Nice to see that Rush has YOU well-indoctrinated, however. Good luck with that. I used to be just like you. Perhaps I've been brainwashed by the 'leftist media'. LOL.

    November 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. dejah

    Greg, give the hate a rest. It's clear this country is tired of divisive sniping such as you are exhibiting here. GO away.

    Obama - please don't forget that there are highly qualified women who should be serving on your cabinet. Don't continue the "old boys club"... Larry "women are dumb" Summers is a slap in the face of all women who have achieved great things in science only to be slammed down by an ignorant comment by a man who should have known better.

    November 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Tiaunia, Dallas

    We welcome the negativity from the "upset" losers on here...It only makes all races who believe in unity fight harder!

    America spoke last night!

    A Well Earned Vacation Obama, Joe and family!

    November 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Akami

    CORRECTION:

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

    Yes we did!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. carl

    he is whtie to why is it always say hes just black

    November 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Ray Fisher

    Talk about immediate improvement, when was the last time America had an election go so smoothly??? I can't remember the last time we had an election without turmoil. If nothing else, President Obama may signal less turmoil and a slow return to normalcy!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. The American Dream is Alive and Well

    Take a break. You deserve it. Go to a shelter and get the girls a puppy. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Try and get some sleep President Obama!

    November 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. California Voter

    With the daunting tasks before him, he deserves a rest from the media, and so do the rest of us.

    November 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. PamShaw

    How did Obama win?
    He is the better man for the job.

    November 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. williammac

    I wish CNN would stop calling Barack Obama the first BLACK AFRICAN etc. etc.
    Can't we simply treat him as an American?
    Do we call Nader or Leiberman or whoever the first or second or third
    JEW to be in politics?
    CNN stop your trickery! You are commiting suicide! Stick to reporting
    the news worldwide and continue to be first at it, instead of trying to sway people one way or another, by distorting the reporting.
    People are smarter today, and I suggest strongly that you educate yourselves accordingly.

    William

    November 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Nick Novak

    In my opinion, and clearly the nation as a whole, the better man won by a LONG shot! Great job to Barak Obama. Do us proud!

    November 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. Denise Groves

    Obama ahs to plan Toot's funeral. He must be thinking about her. he has so much to do this week

    November 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Gobama

    To my fellow Americans on the right.

    I hope we can put aside our petty partisan bickering, that after two long hard fought years of this election and start to rebuild this nation for the betterment of all.

    It was a good fight and the better man won! Now lets all get behind our new president and give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Let's not forget that the Republican party has enjoyed 12 years of congressional rule and 8 years of executive rule, and abortion is still legal, Osama bin Laden is still at large, and trickle down economics has left our pocket books empty.

    Now the pendulum has swong and its the Democratic Party's turn.

    To paraphrase Einstein:
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and again and expecting a different result.

    November 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. James in NJ

    Rest Up President Obama. You earned this victory. You will do many many great things for our country.
    I am so very proud to be an American today! We did good. Thank you Obama supporters for voting. WE DID IT!
    God Bless The United States of America.

    November 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. John

    Barack Hussein Obama n. A testube candidate concocted in the labs of the big corporations and outside interests.

    ....guess the formula finally worked this time!

    November 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Hopeful for Tomorrow

    @Welcome to the Obama Show– You're mistaken. We just got rid of the crooked man.

    The 9:30 Show is completely different from the 7:30 show. Enjoy the steak.

    November 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Hector

    Just as I was about to give up on America, we stand united and elect a man that is destined to bring us change we can believe in. Thank you for making me proud of my country again!

    November 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Eric the student

    Greg in the words of our new leader

    Your , "imaturety ...poisons our politics".

    November 5, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. EddieinCO

    American people and American politics gave me goosebumps last night. I've never been prouder to be an American.

    November 5, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Evando

    Obama won because he presented a positive vision of the United States not built on hate and divisiveness but true American values. Rather than looking back, this was a defining moment of looking forward and the young voters and latinos in this country saw the Republican party as now just a rural white party less concerned about the future and more interested in protecting a failed ideology of party first. Lincoln's vision and dream was finally realized, that we are all created equal and as a Christian American that makes me really proud.

    November 5, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Tina, NC

    I hope he gets some much deserved rest and spends some time with his family.

    November 5, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. The Cosmos Rocks

    »MEMORABLE! MEMORABLE! VICTORY!! OOH!

    November 5, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Karen, Arkansas

    Did anyone notice that the sun seemed to be shining a little brighter this morning?

    November 5, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Lovey

    Wow! God help us!

    November 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. California Voter

    OK, I'm going to comment on that dress that Michelle wore - not very flattering.

    November 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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