Obama Gets Snippy With Lehrer: ‘I Had 5 Seconds Before You Interrupted Me’

Presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer learned the hard way not to interrupt President Obama.

The president snapped back at the PBS news host when Lehrer was trying to get Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to move onto a different topic. As Obama spoke, Lehrer tried to cut him off and explain that his time was up.

“I had five seconds before you interrupted me,” Obama said to Lehrer, prompting laughter from the crowd.

After Obama finished his answer on health care, Lehrer came back: “Your five seconds went away a long time ago.”

Despite the light moment, Obama and Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering economy.



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