Obama signs book, shakes hands at jury duty

Saul Bowman
November 9, 2017

The Chicago Tribune reports Obama arrived at the center this morning to join other potential jury members in the selection room.

The former president, 56, lives in Washington but maintains a home in Chicago, which is why his name came up for jury duty there.

Excited onlookers filmed Mr Obama's grand entrance as the former leader spent some time greeting all the members of the jury, shaking hands and even signing a book.

Barack Obama has many titles.

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.

"Look at this. Did you know I was coming?" he asked one man who held a copy of Obama's "Dreams From My Father".


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.

Had he been selected the 44th president would also be in line to receive the $17.20-a-day (£13.12) that jurors are paid for carrying out the civic duty.

"The Former president was here at our invitation", Evans said.

Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called to jury duty in Chicago.

Eventually Obama was placed on a jury panel, but when that panel wasn't needed he was allowed to go home.

Other presidents like George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were called for the duty in 2015 and 2003 but were not picked.

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