Former President Barack Obama Shows Up for Jury Duty

Reporters outside the Daley Center hoped to catch Barack Obama on the way in to report for jury duty on Wednesday. | Mitch Dudek  Sun-Times

Reporters outside the Daley Center hoped to catch Barack Obama on the way in to report for jury duty on Wednesday. | Mitch Dudek Sun-Times

Former President Barack Obama is expected to appear for jury duty in downtown Chicago.

Despite the hype County Chief Judge Tim Evans said the former president been dismissed.

Before leaving, Obama shook hands and signed autographs for potential jurors, according to USA Today.

Bush was not selected to serve as a juror, but images of the smiling former president posing with delighted citizens at the courthouse in Dallas, Texas quickly showed up on social media. "I am surprised that he's actually coming".

No longer the world's most powerful politician, Obama approached the court like an ordinary American waiting to carry out his civic duty. "You brought a book and everything!"

Chicago is also where the future Obama presidential center will be built, near the former leader's home in the southern part of the city.

Obama watched the entire 20-minute educational video during his time at the Daley Center, Evans said. It's safe to say Obama was one of the highest-profile people to report for jury duty in the county's recent history.

While the Obamas now live in Washington, the former president and first lady Michelle Obama maintain a home in Chicago, the city where he got his political start.

Former President Barack Obama arrives for jury duty. Like Obama, Neither landed on a jury.

Like all prospective jurors, Obama earned US$17.20 ($24.70) for his day of service, which is actually pretty good considering he was only there two hours. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey was on a jury that convicted a man of murder.

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