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. Steve

    I'm a Republican and I voted for McCain. But, despite the loss the sun rose again today and the planet appears to still be spinning on its' axis. I truly wish our new President elect the best of luck, he has a very difficult task ahead of him and if he fails, it will certainly not benefit anyone, regardless of race or party affiliation.

    November 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. steeledward

    I'm am so proud of this country. To see how We have matured as a nation. GO USA

    November 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Tawanda Bell

    Congrats to all! dont forget he is having a bitter-sweet experience. Although he has won the victory he still has to get prepared to bury the woman who made him. Both happy and sad experience. May God continue to be with him! Amen

    November 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. mark

    We cant say free at last free at last, but we are one step closer to being united as a nation of people, that put's our issues first instead of race, sex, relegion, or creed. We must show dignity above all else to move forward from here on

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

    Congratulations President Obama. Now God's spead as you get ready to say GoodBye to your Grandmother. My prayers are with you and your family in this of great happiness and sorrow.

    November 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Mike in Fairfax

    Oh no... it will be like a day without sunshine... (facetiously spoken)

    November 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Debbie

    you people are really in for a rude awakening

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. Greg in MN

    Well this Greg is more than happy this morning! Obama should take as much to rest as he can...he's got a busy schedule ahead of him for the next 4 years!

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. T

    How can anyone act proud of themselves for voting for either of them when their votes don't even matter?

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. ghettoforever

    Please give President Elect Obama a chance. He has not even buried his grandmother. Everybody take a deep breathe and wait. I believe if he can end the war, he will improve the economy.

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Samuel A. Munoz

    We have spoken clearly that anyone seeking our nations highest office must not be a divider if they seek to be the decider. They must be a uniter with a vision that all Americans have a role in. We've all witness a historical moment in our nation. One that has made me proud to be an American. A Great Nation whose people can overcome all obstacles. God Bless America!

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. P.F

    No, Obama WON because the people of America voted for him.
    The will of the people is the will of God.
    Deal with it.

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Ann

    I am a 62 year old white woman and I have never in my lifetime been prouder to be an American that I am this day.......thanks Barack !

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Mary Ann de Gorgue

    I am so proud to be an American today. We have elected a good, moral, family loving, hard working man who will certainly elevate us in the eyes of the world!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Brian NYC

    He need to take a well deserved vacation now. Let the brother live.

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Polly

    "Time to Unite"
    For all McCain supporters-
    "Do not let your hearts be troubled"; for America has proven herself true and united we stand strong to face what the future holds.
    Put your trust in God for he has given us John McCain as a living example of grace and courage for all people to follow, but God uses all things for his glory and we need to trust in him as a nation in order to become a stronger America. Now we are equipped to become a stronger nation so that we may stand strong for God's purposes. Use this time to absorb, pay tribute, and develop John McCain's character and endurance for he has truly blessed us with his work and presence in our lives. May God get the glory for his love of country and grace towards all people, including the enemy. May this time of silence will be used for the new President to become firmly prepared and grounded in his new duties.

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Audrey

    I am so glad he won. YYYYYYIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPEEEEEE!

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. sue

    He needs time (although very short) to let go his beloved grandmother and spending sometime with his loving family. Then I am excited to see NEW AMERICA under his presidency!

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. EVERYMAN

    "Change"? "Yes we can."? Now it's time to tell us HOW.

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. bruno

    God Bless America and God Bless Obama.

    Proud of the unity

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. (Former) Lifelong Republican supporting Obama, Columbia, TN

    Yeah, Greg, go ahead and blame the so-called "leftist media", totally ignoring the fact that McCain simply and plainly ran a bad campaign. Obama won this election using his brain, natural abilities, and having a clear vision and specific agenda for America.

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. zakk

    I say conratulations to Senator and President elect Obama. He has some well deserved time offf before he has to clean up the mess that Geirge Bush has made of this country.

    Also, i resent my vote being called "uneducated". i daresay that i spent more time researching the issues and making an informed decision than some of the ignorant redencks that voted for John McCain.

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. L.B

    Let's not forget to send our deepest sympathy to his family for their lost.

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Bob

    McCain's concession speech was the most genuine, heartfelt speech I've heard from him in over a year. Had he conducted his campaign in a similar manner, he might have earned more votes. To "Greg", Obama isn't a "leftist" – he's a "centrist". Maybe it just seems leftist to you because of the radical right shift in the Republican party these past 8 years. Even long-time Republicans are not happy with their own party, and many voted for Obama.

    The McCain-Palin campaign has no one but themselves to blame for a poorly run campaign, squandered opportunities, and inability to connect with enough voters to win.

    And once you calm down, go back and read the text of Obama's speech. For the good of the country, for the good of Americans everywhere, he's still reaching out to you, still promising to do his best to earn your support.

    November 5, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Bobbie Johnson

    I am looking to you to be the leader that you say that you can be. I am behind you 100%, only because 99% won't do! Your mother should have named you the Rock, because I (like so many others) believe that you are solid like a RocK!!! Do not let any temptation behold you. We are praying for you, YOU ARE OUR LEADER. YOU ARE OUR PRESIDENT. Bobbie Johnson Spingfield, Illinois

    November 5, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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