By John T. Bennett - 12/09/11 06:23 PM EST
Dempsey initially balked.
The chairmen said he had no desire for another performance to land on YouTube.
When the camera operators resisted, Dempsey quipped: “I’m the chairman. Turn ‘em off, or we’ll find a way to do it remotely.”
The audience roared with laughter as one camera operator told an Atlantic Council official, “We’re live. I can’t [shut down].”
The chairman, informed of the pressure of live television, seemed resigned to his fate. He soon broke into song.
As he wrapped up the tune, the audience responded with a standing ovation — appearing to applaud Dempsey’s good humor as much as the performance.
Catch it here, beginning at 1:16:43.