Imagine showing up for boring jury duty only to see the former 'Leader of the Free World' has also shown up for jury duty!
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President Barack Obama reported for Cook County jury duty at the Daley center Wednesday morning but he was ultimately dismissed a short time later.
Obama was one of 168 people who showed up for jury duty and assigned to one of 16 panels, according to a spokesman for the chief judge.
Eight of those panels, including the panel Obama sat on, were randomly selected to be sent home around noon.
At the Daley Center, normally jurors just check in and wait with reading materials in the jury assembly room. But when Obama came through the door all the jurors were excited.
The former President—who basically is accustomed to people losing their minds-- was a hit in the jury assembly room, he flashed his million-dollar smile, shook hands, and even signed copies of his books that the potential jurors brought.
But Obama isn’t the first president to be called in for jury duty after leaving office. In 2003, Bill Clinton reported for duty in federal court in New York City in a gang shooting case. He was eventually dismissed.
In 2015, George W. Bush was called to duty and posed for photos with his fellow prospective jurors while waiting in a Dallas courthouse. He was not selected to sit on a jury.