Obama escapes jury duty (video)

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Barack Obama was dismissed from jury duty on Wednesday in Chicago.

The former president’s car arrived at the Daley Center just after 9:30 a.m. local time. It was parked in a secure garage under the building. He then took a private elevator to the 17th floor, where a crowd of journalists, court staffers and attorneys converged in hopes of meeting him waited (see video below).

Obama arrived in celebrity fashion and then waited along with fellow citizens to see if he would be chosen to serve on a trial and earn the standard compensation of $17.20 a day.

Obama was a hit in the jury assembly room, where he shook hands with other would-be jurors and signed copies of his books that some brought.

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans later announced that Obama was not tapped to serve on a jury.

Some shared their brush with the 44th president on social media.

The former president, who holds a Harvard Law School degree, lives in Washington but maintains a home in Chicago.

Obama is not the first American president to show up for a civic duty that some citizens either dread or find excuses to avoid.

In 2015, George W. Bush responded to a jury summons in Dallas. He was not selected, but sat through the process and posed for photos with other potential jurors.

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