President Obama Gets Summoned for Jury Duty, Just Like the Rest of Us
Former President Barack Obama has already had quite the post-White House life.
From traveling the globe to signing multi-million dollar book deals to dropping off his daughter at college, Obama has really packed it all in during these last few months. And now, he’ll add one more exciting item to his post-presidential experience: serving jury duty.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Obama has been called for Cook County jury duty — and will be showing up next month to serve.
Chief Judge Tim Evans told county commissioners that Obama, who owns homes in Washington, D.C. and Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood, confirmed he will do his civic duty and show up for his assigned date.
“Obviously we will make certain that he has all the accouterments that accompany a former president,” Evans told the Tribune. “He made it crystal-clear to me through his representative that he would carry out his public duty as a citizen and resident of this community.”
This marks at least the second time Obama has been called for jury duty in Illinois. According to the Washington Post, Obama was summoned for duty in 2010. However, he had to decline as he was busy that week giving his State of the Union address.
And Obama isn’t the only famous face to ever make an appearance as a juror in Cook County: As the Tribune reported, both Oprah and Mr. T have also served as jurors in the courthouse.
While Obama’s presence will certainly be noteworthy he will not be the first former president to ever show up for civic duty. President George W. Bush also spent time in a jury selection pool in 2015. Although he wasn’t ultimately selected, he did stick around for several hours to take photos with other potential jurors.
Former President Bill Clinton was cut from a potential jury pool in 2003, according to the Post, and former Vice President Joe Biden was dismissed from duty in 2011.