President Barack Obama Reports For Jury Duty In Chicago


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Barack Obama spent eight years as leader of the free world, but his jury duty stint didn't last more than two hours on Wednesday. With tons of photographers and fans around, Obama appeared bright and cheery given the circumstances.

He arrived at 10 a motorcade and took a private elevator used by judges to the 17th-floor assembly room, where a crowd was gathering to see him, according to the Chicago Tribune. He also helped brighten the normally vanilla experience by cracking a few jokes.

Obama is the highest-ranking former public official to be called to jury duty in Chicago, and nearly certainly the only one who ever arrived with a Secret Service detail.

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For his day of public service, he will presumably receive the standard payment for every Cook County juror, which is $17.20.

This isn't his first time Obama has been selected for jury duty since he was elected president.

Obama still owns a home at 51st and Greenwood, and is registered to vote in Chicago, although he and his family live in D.C. It's safe to say Obama was one of the highest-profile people to report for jury duty in the county's recent history.

Eventually Obama was placed on a jury panel, but when that panel wasn't needed he was allowed to go home. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey was on a jury that convicted a man of murder. A decade later, Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, showed up to a suburban Chicago courthouse for jury duty, sporting his usual Mohawk, but without the gold chains for which he is known.