Despite going several minutes past his allotted time at the Paris Climate Conference Monday, President Obama ignored repeated requests he wrap up his remarks.
Organizers used a chime sound effect to notify speakers when they reached the end of their allotted time. Obama spoke for at least six minutes after the first chime, ignoring at least 14 chimes overall — which became more frequent as his remarks continued.
Obama, who initially looked confused by the chime, quickly opted to stick with his scripted comments and ignore the organizer’s pleas altogether.
At a subsequent press conference, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, defended Obama speaking well past his given time. “There is always a unique interest” in what the president says, Rhodes argued.