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. Liberal Republican

    As an individual working in the technology sector, specifically in the nuclear sector, president Obama, who has no interest in the field really makes me scary of this country's nuclear sector for the next 4-8 years. With McCain, atleast he wanted to build more reactors... Might have to look for job overseas now.

    November 5, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Biker Billy

    It is clear the division between North and South is rearing it's ugly head again.What is wrong with these people .How much longer are they going to live in the 1860's. Stonwall Jackson is Dead. Thank god Obama got elected.

    November 5, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Kelly from Florida



    November 5, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. EEClay Ga

    LOL this is a great day, we did it black,white,brown,pink,blue and red this is the USA Obama welcome u now it's time to go to work to clean up all that mess bush made

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

    Shut up Greg... You sound like a sour apple. When your finish blogging, I want you to look in the mirror, and aspire to be something more than a hater. Be strong like Senator oh my bad, I mean Mr. President Barack Obama. I don't think the media gave him his strategy for taking out the Clintons, or the McCain's they did it to themselves spewing hate in the air, and now we have to get George out of the White House. I'm renting the U=haul, want to come with?

    November 5, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Ready for change

    If you are an American citizen, then the best thing you can do is be supportive at this time. It doesn't matter who you voted for. Fighting and civil disorder will not bring us to where we need to be. We need to work together, not separate. And if you have a really big problem with who is in the white house now, then move.

    November 5, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Tristan

    It's a good day for America!...It's a good day for the World!... Time to come together. No more speculating about the unknown. Barack will make put the United in the UNITED States.

    Congradulations from Canada

    Obama/Biden 08 = Peace

    November 5, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Anonymous

    please people get over it! if your leaving the country do ASAP! if not deal with the fact that we (the United States) have a new president who inspires and is proof that ANYTHING is possible in America!

    November 5, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. JIM...TX

    Glad to see you Republicans are STILL spewing your hate filled crap....somethings never change but today is the start of CHANGE in America!!

    November 5, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Norma

    A proud moment for our country. We should all be proud. Democracy has raised her voice and has spoken. We should all aim to work together for the good of our country. Time to end division. Best wishes to President elect Obama and his family, also to Vice President elect, Biden and his family. Goodspeed Mr. President and Vice President elect, do our country proud. You have been given a mandate by the people.

    November 5, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. lil

    Very good speech, now lets unite and move forward.

    Congratulation President Obama and family.

    November 5, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Michael in Houston

    We did It. Now, as I sit here, with a grin from ear to ear, let me reflect on a few of my previous comments. 1. I told you, there are more of us who love what PRESIDENT Obama stands for than more of you that hate the color of his skin and 2. I said call him what you want, Muslim, Socialist, Redistributer etc but on November 5th you will be calling Barack Hussien Obama Mr. President. And to all those doubters and non believers, to those who rather follow status quo rather than lead for Change, I have 3 words for you: YES WE CAN!

    Congrats to President Elect Barack Obama and Vice President Elect Joseph Biden.

    November 5, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Liisa

    Congratulations President Barack Obama

    November 5, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Ecor

    If you thought the last eight years were less than perfect, stick around for the next four......

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. Amy




    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. DH - Md

    So long, Bush and Rove!
    Let the change begin!!!

    Obama ! ! !

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Dmitri, Moscow, Russia

    Congratulations America! Congratulations President Obama!

    At long last America can restore her place in the world as a source of inspiration and hope. Today we see that America is not only full of scared old white people, but full of courageous, hopeful citizens of the world.

    All who I speak to today here in Russia ... are proud of you America, and proud of you President Obama.

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. KLEE

    I see the "naysayers" are hanging on with their snide remarks – Its over – get on with your life – and give the new President a chance to tackle the tough problems this nation faces.

    President Barack Obama is talented and intelligent – he has much at stake and a big weight on his shoulders – don't start trying to tear him down on the 1st day.

    I am a retired woman and am willing to help this country out in anyway now because I see after so many years of oppression that things are starting to look up for ALL AMERICANS!! Instead of complaining – start doing something positive for your country and fellow Americans – help your mother wash the dishes or something.

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Lei - Christian Chinese

    Thank you America for bringing hope and light to this world once more
    Best wishes to President-elect Obama and his Family

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. mayah

    He has to prepare for his grandmothers burial, GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and all people of the HUMAN RACE.

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. tony

    Oh Please.....some of you people with ....."well the world as we know it is over" non the guy who insists we elected a crooked individual and now we all must be crooks to survive????? what are you talking about.....seriously??? what ARE you TALKING about..............................Right ...the Cheney Hali Burton Iraq thing that was ...uhmmmmm completly legit....... lets get going to more positives
    Democratic process followed....we elected a president....hurray for us

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Joe V

    Today America rejoins the community of nation. Freedom-loving people around the world stand ready to follow America's lead under President Obama.

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Saffoula in Seattle

    I am so proud of President-elect Obama and this country for seeing the light! He is right, the hard work is ahead and we all need to buck up if we want to lift our country out of this mess and regain our footing in the world. In the meantime, he needs to take the day off and pick out that long-awaited "first puppy" that he has promised his girls.

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. cameron

    This is not a time to lash out at Obama for winning. He put up a good fight just as McCain did so to all of you McCain fans, grow up, get over it & start thinking about how we can come together as a country to repair what the last 8 years have brought us. Your negativity is exactly the reason we won. CHANGE TO AMERICA!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. Langley Wickersham

    Congrats to President Elect Obama. Now lets begin the healing process. Lets end the politics of division. I love this Country, Democratics Love this country. Republicans love this Country. Lets start working together, to end this war, rebuild our infrastructures, bring back jobs to America, bring back accountability. This is a great day for all Americans.

    November 5, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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