Obama Talks Over 'Wrap-Up' Beeps at UN Climate Talks

'Leader of the free world' had a 3-minute limit
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2015 8:00 PM CST
Obama Talks Over 'Wrap-Up' Beeps at UN Climate Talks
U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during a session at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.   (Eric Feferberg/Pool Photo via AP)

Seems President Obama is not one to be rushed—beep! beep!—off the world stage, NBC News reports. He was giving a speech today at the world climate talks outside Paris when three beeps sounded in an apparent attempt to remind him of the three-minute time limit. He was already over eight minutes in, and kept on going—as did the beeps. "One of the enemies that we'll be fighting at this conference is cynicism, the notion we can't do anything about climate change," he said. Eventually the beeps went quiet, and Obama stopped at just under 14 minutes. All other leaders who spoke at the conference stuck to their time limit, the New York Times reports. But this was no tangent: The president had duly prepared over 1,700 words for the event. (More climate change stories.)

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