Barack Obama Called For Jury Duty In Chicago Next Month

Even former presidents can get summoned to the courthouse.

As Barack Obama continues to adjust to living his best life post-presidency, the 44th president will soon have the pleasure of partaking in one of the activities most loathed by fellow citizens: jury duty. Barack Obama has been summoned for selection in Cook County, Illinois next month, it was announced Friday. According to Chief Judge Tim Evans, the former president intends to appear, and security at the courthouse will be adjusted as needed.  



While the Obamas bought a house in Washington, D.C. this summer, Barack and Michelle have lived in Chicago for over 30 years and are registered to vote and own property in the city. 

President Barack Obama reviews his prepared remarks on Egypt at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Feb. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama reviews his prepared remarks on Egypt at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Feb. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The date and courthouse where the former president will report have not been released, but Obama can be called to appear at any of the courts in Cook County, the county that contains Chicago and has boasted such high-profile names as Oprah Winfrey and Mr. T on its juries in the past, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

"He made it crystal-clear to me through his representative that he would carry out his public duty as a citizen and resident of this community," Evans told the Tribune. "Although it's not a place where the public can earn a lot of money, it is highly appreciated. It's crucial that our society get the benefit of that kind of commitment."

Cover image via White House Archives / Pete Souza.

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