Ex-President Barack Obama shows up in Chicago for jury duty

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With Secret Service agents in tow, former USA president Barack Obama reported Wednesday to a courthouse in Chicago for jury duty.

Unlike his fellow prospective jurors, Obama got to take the private elevator used by judges to get to the 17th-floor jury assembly room. While Bush was not selected, he sat through the process and posed for photos with other potential jurors.

Obama took a private elevator with his security to the room, where he shook almost every hand.

No longer the world's most powerful politician, Obama approached the court like an ordinary American waiting to carry out his civic duty.

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"The Former president was here at our invitation", Evans said. "If the former president can come, anyone can come", he continued.

"It shows us all that I don't have a good excuse and it's an important duty for all of us", first-time juror Walter Palmer told ABC Chicago affiliate WLS.

Obama left his home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood around 9:30 a.m. It's safe to say Obama was one of the highest-profile people to report for jury duty in the county's recent history. But if he is like other would-be jurors, Obama will have to watch a decades-old video in which a much younger Lester Holt, who was a local news anchor before he became a national news anchor, explains the ins-and-outs of jury duty.

For his troubles, Obama is in line to receive $17.20 - the daily rate of pay for performing this civic duty. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey was on a jury that convicted a man of murder.

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