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Obama Ignores 'Wrap-It-Up' Beeps, Talks and Talks at Climate Summit

Barack Obama was met with the United Nations' version of the "wrap-it-up" music used at the Oscars after he overran his climate-conference speech.
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President Barack Obama was met with what appeared to be the U.N.'s version of the Oscars' "wrap-it-up" music Monday after he significantly overran his allotted time to speak at a global climate change summit.

Obama was one of 147 world leaders given a three-minute slot at the COP21 conference to outline their vision for the future of the planet.

The president of the free world, however, had other ideas.

More than eight and a half minutes into Obama's address — and with no sign he was stopping soon — three beeps sounded across the auditorium, clearly audible to everyone present and watching on TV.

Organizers did not respond to NBC News' requests for comment on the beeps, but the punctuating sounds appeared to be the conference's not-so-subtle attempt to get Obama to wrap it up.

"I've come here personally, as the leader of the world's largest economy and the second-largest emitter, to say that the United States of America not only recognizes our responsibility in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it," Obama told the summit.

The beeps continued every 30 seconds, but the president plowed on.

"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 continued, seemingly undeterred by the regular interruptions over his speech.

He called for the talks to work toward "a world that is worthy of our children" and also took time to pay tribute to the victims of this month's Paris attacks.

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.

By the time he was done, he had spoken for nearly the length of time set aside for four world leaders. If all 147 speakers had taken as long as Obama, their combined addresses would have lasted more than 33 hours.

And it was not as if he went off on a tangent in the heat of the moment; his prepared remarks released by the White House ran to more than 1,700 words.