Barack Obama appeared as a candidate for jury duty in Chicago on Wednesday, but was dismissed by the judge (as most jurors are) without being called on to serve. The former US president arrived for duty at the Daley Center in downtown Chicago shortly after 10 am on Wednesday, and was dismissed by noon.

Obama created quite a commotion—he was photographed outside by a small crowd who waited for his appearance, and in the courthouse lobby, people craned their necks for a glimpse of him. He wore a sport coat and shirt but no tie, and many took cellphone pictures of him.

About 220 people made up the day’s jury pool, and Obama took time to greet many of them, shaking hands and even signing copies of his books, which some had brought with them to court.

He was a hit. One court clerk exclaimed, “He’s gorgeous!” when she caught a glimpse of the former president, according to the Chicago Tribune.


Obama isn’t the first high-profile person to appear for jury duty in Chicago. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey was on a jury that convicted a man of murder.

In 2015 former President George W Bush was called to jury duty in Dallas, Texas. After posing for photos with other jurors, he was also dismissed.



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