Obama gets dismissed from jury duty in Chicago

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, free of a job that forced him to move to Washington for eight years, showed up to a downtown Chicago courthouse for jury duty on Wednesday morning.

Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called to jury duty in Chicago, and nearly certainly the only one who ever arrived with a Secret Service detail.

Unlike his fellow prospective jurors, Obama got to take the private elevator used by judges to get to the 17th-floor jury assembly room. But Obama was ready to serve if told to do so, Evans said.

"Look at this. Did you know I was coming?" he asked one man who held a copy of Obama's "Dreams From My Father".

No longer the world's most powerful politician, Obama approached the court like an ordinary American waiting to carry out his civic duty. Walter Palmer was summoned for jury for the first time Wednesday. "You brought a book and everything!"

Obama now lives in Washington DC, with his family, so it's probably time to change his address.

After navigating through traffic in the Loop, he arrived at the Daley Center courthouse around 10 a.m., and entered the building through the basement.

Theoretically, every USA citizen over the age of 18 could be called for jury duty.

Obama isn't the first high-profile person to appear for jury duty in Chicago.

Even a former president can't escape jury duty.

A jury duty summons is usually sent in the post and requires the recipient to report on the designated day or face consequences such as a fine.

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