Obama speaks for 15 minutes
What was billed as a major address wound up clocking in at just a hair over 15 minutes.
Before the speech, rumor had it that it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-15 minutes — likely shorter than it might have been before the diplomatic progress of the last few days.
Obama used his brief time to respond to broadly held concerns about the mission.
A White House spokesman offered the rationale for that:
Q&A format good reminder than many in America are hearing from Obama about #Syria for the first time tonight
— Matt Lehrich (@Lehrich44) September 11, 2013