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. Mike Smith

    "Welcome to the Obama Show"??

    Look up "corruption" in the dictionary. You'll see pictures of Bush, Cheney and Rove.

    November 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Anthony

    Uh, the media can change a race a little bit, but they NEVER would have made THAT big of a difference. The media didnt even TOUCH McCains past, because he was scary enough to Americans for being like Bush

    November 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    It is time now to stop calling Barack Obama a "black man," particularly since his mother was a white woman from Kansas.

    Let Sen. Obama just be who he is, a great choice to help lead America out of the mess created by the Republican party.

    Senator Obama never used his race as a campaign point.

    I have never looked at Obama as being of any "color," but the media, including CNN, is having a problem describing Obama as just a great guy who is now our chosen next president.

    November 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. The Cosmos Rocks

    »»HURRAH! HURRAH! VIC...VICTORY!! Ooh! YES!YES!

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

    but he won greg...and that's what matters...it wasn't stolen...obama ,plouffe and his staff ran a revolutional presidential campaign like no other..give credit where credit is due

    November 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Jess in NJ

    HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YES WE CAN!! YES WE CAN! YES WE DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Today I am the happiest girl in the world. I have been crying tears of Joy since American finally did something right.

    GOD BLESS BARACK OBAMA and GOD BLESS THE USA

    November 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. greenfish

    We have shown our better selves.

    November 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Ursula

    Everyone say it with me....

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

    Isn't that what you people said after Bush was appointed?

    FLORIDA VOTED BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!

    wink (thats the last time I'll type that LOL)

    Glad she's gone!!!! WOOOHOOOOO

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Brielle

    Wikipedia already says Rep. Rahm Emmanuel was named Chief of Staff yesterday, lol. What do they know that we don't???

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. WOW

    The presidency - bought, sealed, and delivered !!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. truth

    these unpatriotic comments need to stop

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. KC

    Senator McCain: you are a good man and had my complete support. You are still our man with a voice in the Senate and I look forward to seeing you once again emerge as a maverick. You had honor and dignity and sacrificed to the very end. Unfortunately, this nation doesn't like honor or sacrifice. However, as you said we are all Americans and I hope one day my fellow Americans will once again pull together and remember "Country First". God Bless you Senator McCain....and may God bless America and have mercy and grace on our nation.

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Priscilla Potter

    What a huge, positive step for our nation. Thanks and congratulations for a "job well done".

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. InTx

    Dear God what has happened? We are in for 4 years of trouble. The first ones to whine about it will be the Democrats. You have nobody but yourselves to blame!

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Chris

    What a sad day for our uneducated nation. This is the final nail in the coffin for America.

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Linda32

    WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW – The educated people were the ones who overwhelmingly went for President-elect Obama. Deal with it!!! He has the integillence needed to govern this country well.

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Paula

    We won a chance to turn this country around with a leader who truly cares and knows what our struggle are. I am so proud to witness to have been a witness.
    For the folks who are upset-please try to ignore the rumor mill-our country is not ending-only getting better. Now we have a leader who believes in science and we all wii be better because of Barack.

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Mike Dallas

    Sleep in Mr. President and then you better get to the pet store and buy that puppy!

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. Setys

    Congratulations to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their Family.

    I want use this opportunity to give thanks to Mr. David Plouffe, Mr. David Axelrod, senior advisers, the entire Campaign staff and all supporters, may God continue to bless you all and God bless America.

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. Sara

    Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you! America

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Aurelia Dean

    Actually Greg it was all the money he raised and the campaigning and the fact that we the people were sick of the last 8 years. Are you gonna continue to open wounds or are you going to try and help put this country back together?

    Yeah your just gonna sit there like the rest of them and complain and offer no real wait for it.....wait for it.....CHANGE!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. Sal

    For the first time in my life, I am NOT proud of this country. BHO's policies are the problem, NOT his skin color.

    November 5, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Naysayers please be gone!

    If you can't say something positive.............
    then you must be a bitter republican
    but in the end we're all in this togethor
    Hopefully the GOP will not waste time and effort digging up drama and distracting people just to thwart any good of the new gov't. (ken star, clinton era,etc.)

    November 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Anonymous

    I did not vote for him but I do wish he and his family well. He was elected to an office he has no business being in because of the emotional state of our nation. Hopefully he will have good advisors and people around him to make the difficult and important decisions he faces.

    November 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Tracy

    I see we still have a bunch of whiners, hate mongers and some sore losers out there. Well get over it – America has made a decision – live with it. Gov. Palin, you woke up this morning and found out that a VP you're not – better luck trying for re-election in Alaska.

    November 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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