International: Obama turns up for jury duty at Chicago court

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 12:45

Former president Barack Obama answered a jury summons Wednesday, arriving at a Chicago courthouse to perform the civic duty asked of all Americans - but was sent home just two hours later.

The former leader of the free world was the only juror to arrive by six-vehicle motorcade, however, accompanied by tight security and met by a throng of news media.

He left his Chicago home in the Kenwood neighborhood at 9:30am and arrived at the courthouse a half hour later.

His motorcade was made up of four black SUVs, a Chicago police SUV, and an Illinois State Police SUV. 

The ex-president Secret Service detail parked under the courthouse, and then ferried Obama up to the 17th floor jury assembly room via an elevator usually reserved just for judges.  

When he arrived in the jury room, Obama went around greeted the other citizens waiting to be selected for a trial - shaking hands and signing books. 

Eventually, Obama was placed on a jury panel, but when that panel wasn't needed, so he was allowed to go home.  If he decides to remain registered in Chicago, his name won't be called for at least another year. 

Like all prospective jurors, Obama earned $17.20 for his day of service, which is actually pretty good considering he was only there two hours.