CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama showed up at a downtown Chicago courthouse for jury duty on Wednesday morning. Then he heard the words most prospective jurors pray for: You’re dismissed.
The 44th president’s motorcade — considerably shorter than the one when he lived in the White House — left his home in the Kenwood neighborhood on the city’s South Side and arrived at the Richard J. Daley Center shortly after 10 a.m.
Obama — wearing a dark sport coat, dress shirt and no tie — waved to people who gathered outside.
Shortly before noon, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans told reporters that the former president had not been selected for jury duty. But Obama was ready to serve if chosen, Evans said.
For his troubles, Obama is in line to receive $17.20 — the daily rate of pay for performing this civic duty. His spokeswoman, Katie Hill, said the former president would donate the money to Cook County.