President Barack Obama was one of three speakers invited to give a brief, 3-minute address to world leaders, delegates and a global television audience watching the opening day ceremonies of the United Nations climate change conference in Paris on Monday.
Despite being given a series of warning beeps, indicating he had exceeded his time and needed to finish his remarks, Obama continued speaking for roughly 14 minutes.
The first of the “wrap it up” signals came at the 8:44 mark of the speech. The alerts continued every thirty seconds until the eleven-minute mark.
According to an NBC News report, “After 11 minutes, whoever was manning the ‘beep’ button had clearly given up, and no more prompts were heard until Obama ended his epic discourse just shy of 14 minutes.”
See our compressed video showing exactly how many times Obama was given the “hurry up” beep.
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