Obama Reports to Jury Duty in Chicago, Not Called to Served

Obama speaks at his foundation’s summit last week

Former President Barack Obama reported to jury duty in Chicago Wednesday morning.

He shook hands with other potential jurors in the assembly room and signed copies of his books people had taken to court with them.

Obama now resides in Washington D.C., but still has his Chicago home in Kenwood.

On Wednesday, Obama did get the prospective juror experience of sitting through a decades-old, 20-minute video in which Lester Holt- now the anchor of NBC Nightly News but back then on local news -explained the ins-and-outs of jury duty.

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. "No one is excused", Evans said after Obama's departure.

Mr Obama is not the first United States president to show up for service that some Americans either dread or find excuses to avoid. "If the former president can come, anyone can come", he continued.

Obama is not the first former president to receive a notice for jury duty.

Obama still owns a home at 51st and Greenwood, and is registered to vote in Chicago, although he and his family live in D.C.

Obama isn't the first high-profile person to appear for jury duty in Chicago. He also was not selected. In 2004, media titan Oprah Winfrey, who at the time produced her talk show out of the midwestern city, was a juror on a three-day murder trial ending in a conviction. A decade later, Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, showed up to a suburban Chicago courthouse for jury duty, sporting his usual Mohawk, but without the gold chains for which he is known.

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