Obama answers civic duty call

Central Station | 10 Nov 2017

Former US president Barack Obama answered a jury summons, but was dismissed soon after arriving at a Chicago courthouse to perform the civic duty asked of all Americans.

He was the only prospective juror to arrive by motorcade, accompanied by tight security, and met with a throng of media and court staff trying to snap photos.

"He's gorgeous!" one court clerk exclaimed upon spotting Obama at Cook County's Daley Center courthouse.

Kelly Bulik, another potential juror, said she felt like a "piece of melting butter" as she shook Obama's hand.

He thanked everyone for turning up, and was surprised by some who presented him with copies of his books to sign.

"Thanks everybody for serving on the jury - or at least being willing to," he said to laughter.

Obama isn't the first president to show up for service that many dread or find excuses to avoid.

His predecessor, George W Bush, responded to a jury summons in 2015, but wasn't picked to serve on a trial.

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