Former President Obama Reports For Jury Duty

The 44th president of the United States Barack Obama answered a jury summons and arrived at the Chicago courthouse with stringent security and a motorcade.

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans informed reporters shortly before noon that Obama had been assigned to a panel but was not called. Walter Palmer was summoned for jury for the first time Wednesday.

Thomas Pearson, who took the video and called the experience of shaking hands with Obama "the best thing I experienced in my entire life", said he wasn't going to show up for jury duty until his mother texted him that Obama would be there. "If the former president can come, anyone can come", he continued.

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

Obama owns a home in the Kenwood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

Obama is not the first former president to be called for jury duty. If not for his presidential status, Obama would've been paid roughly $17.00 a day to be a juror.

Obama, who now resides in Washington, D.C., has been active in various endeavors for his new Obama Foundation, and has also teamed with the other living former presidents in raising money for hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

Bill Clinton also appeared as a prospective juror in a federal court in Manhattan, New York City in 2003, though he was not selected either to sit on a jury. Like Obama, Neither landed on a jury. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey was on a Chicago jury that convicted a man of murder.

  • Joey Payne