'Thanks everybody for serving on the jury. Or, at least being willing to,' Obama said. Apparently, everybody laughed. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph:( Others )
Former US President Barack Obama was summoned for jury duty on Wednesday -- he went -- but the Chicago court dismissed him soon after.
Obama was the only potential juror to arrive by motorcade, with tight security.
Several news media and court staff tried to get a picture with him.
"He gorgeous!" one court clerk exclaimed upon spotting the former president, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Potential juror Kelly Bulik told the newspaper she felt like a "piece of melting butter" as she shook his hand.
"Thanks everybody for serving on the jury. Or, at least being willing to," Obama said. Apparently everybody laughed.
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Obama is not the first former US president to be summoned for jury duty, AFP reported.
George W Bush was also summoned in 2015 but like Obama, he too was dismissed.
Oprah Winfrey though served as a juror on a three-day murder trial ending in a conviction in 2004, again in Chicago.
Jury duty is not really thought of as something desirable in the US.