Barack Obama Reports For Jury Duty In Chicago

Former president Barack Obama fulfilled his civic duty by reporting for jury duty in Cook County, Illinois on Wednesday.

According to the NY Daily News, the 56-year-old Hawaiian native was seen leaving his home in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago around 9:30 a.m., followed by half a dozen Secret Service agents.

The courthouses was scouted by Secret Service prior to Obama's arrival.

The caravan arrived at the downtown Daley Center just after 10 a.m.

He was whisked into the courthouse where he joined a pool of prospective jurors.

Obama earned $17.20 for the day -- mere pennies compared to the $450,000 he earns for one speaking gig.

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans appreciated the 44th president for not using his clout to duck jury duty.

"Although it's not a place where the public can earn a lot of money, it is highly appreciated," Evans told The Chicago Tribune.

Barack Obama Reports For Jury Duty In Chicago

As Obama departed around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, courthouse workers abandoned their posts and crowded in a hallway with their cellphones held high.

Reporters, who were not allowed inside the courthouse, camped outside the building hoping for a glimpse of the grey haired father-of-2.

The News reports that potential jurors were allowed to take pics of Obama with their cell phones.

Photos by Joshua Lott /Getty Images

  • Liah

    WE LOVE AND MISS YOU 44!!!

  • Django the God

    They didn't make any white presidents do Jury Duty.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lol. I can only imagine how crazy that courthouse was this morning.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm assuming this is a joke...

  • Ashy Alicia

    Sandra, don't you wish you were a citizen and a Chicagoan and be in the same jury with 44?
    Le sigh

  • A D N

    Finally a decent post about Obama, until the shade on him earning $450,000 for a speaking gig. Let the man make a living conducive to his capability. He was the first dark skinned male elected twice to the seat of presidency. He is soooo missed.

  • justlooking

    Was he dismissed? Surely the court house can't handle all security. JEEZ. Trying to get my man hurt.

  • MsPam

    Like my Big Mama would said “You sound like a fool!”

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Yup! and we here in the CHI are loving it!

  • shun king

    i wonder will he speak about the slaughter that goes on in Chicago on a daily basis?

  • Quitedeliteful

    What a pleasant surprise for those having to go through the process of jury duty!!!

  • You Could Never
  • brownisback

    I got called twice in 6 months. 1 was for the state and the other was federal. When they were polling us for the federal case the judge asked if there were any government employees so i raised my hand. Then he wanted to know exactly where I worked so I had to tell him and it was very uncomfortable because the defendant was sitting there listening. Just about all of us were on edge after the trial was over because of the type of case it was. Dude was pushin MAJOR weight

  • GuestSTAR

    Everytime I see him now I get sad, just can't believe, SMH.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    hoping for a glimpse of the grey haired father-of-2.
    _________

    Just couldn't help yourself, huh? Had to throw that one in there.

  • TamG

    Has he ever?

  • Str8tUpMenace

    They kept you on the jury after you told them where you worked?

  • Tennessean

    I love this Man!

  • shun king

    nope i was thinking he would come around after he got out of office...i am starting to think he just used blacks for votes and dont really care about the plight of black people

  • brownisback

    Yes, there were a few government employees. Since it was a drug case they also asked if we had any family members that had been on drugs a few of us raised our hands and they kept us

  • Jen_no_juice

    As Obama departed around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, courthouse workers abandoned their posts and crowded in a hallway with their cellphones held high.
    ---------------
    I would've abandoned my post too! But let that orange man Be in my town, I'm ?????????? to another city til he leaves

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Wow. When I served for jury duty for superior court, they were dismissing folks left & right. There was 1 government employee that they dismissed. I don't remember the reasoning tho.

  • MercifulLove

    Never mind jury duty.....Can he report back to the White House?

  • brownisback

    Even some of the men on the jury were on edge afterwards because it's very easy to people just by their name and he knew what we looked like and where some of us worked

  • Gone Too Far

    He’s America’s ex bf for real

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Meanwhile, there is a scam locally. Mexicans are calling people pretending to be ther sheriffs office and claiming that people have failed to show up for jury and that their is a FTA bench warrant out for their arrest, but if they pay some money (the fine) it can be dropped.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    That's crazy. I would be shyttin bricks sitting on the jury on certain types of cases. LMAO

  • Marlika

    Now who's stupid enough to fall for this??

  • brownisback

    What's crazy is that I got sick from the food right when we started deliberating and they offered to bring in an alternate and I told them no and when the bailiff left they all looked at me crazy and one of the men said "What the hell is wrong with you, you had a way out!"

  • MissHarlem

    ???????

  • brownisback

    When it came time to read the verdict we were shaking like Antonio Cromartie when his wife's period is 1 hour late!!!
    To this day I don't know why I stayed

  • Str8tUpMenace

    *dead* I would've asked you the same thing LMAO

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are missed sir.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    This guy on Maury name is Elmer ?

  • brownisback
  • MissHarlem

    Non gmo corn for the win ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    Yes, I concur

  • Str8tUpMenace

    The corn

  • You Could Never

    Da corn

  • Connie

    the 56-year-old Hawaiian native
    ___________________________
    And this too

  • Blaque Mahogany

    The elderly.

  • SayWhatNow?

    I hate that, I just don't understand why they make you tell ALL of your business while the defendant is in the room. What if they have a great memory.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    I'll take the corn for $200 Alex

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Illegal immigrants with a 5th grade education.

  • ?Royalty?

    ??

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Girl who you tellin. When I first saw him speak I then understood what it meant when people say Power and intelligence is sexy. I would have dropped panties to ankles and waited in line for that man. Cackles*

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_
  • Noirluv45

    Mine too. That thing in the WH now will NEVER be my president.

  • GuestSTAR

    Lol

  • GuestSTAR

    Happened to me before, but it was a scammer pretending to be the IRS. Called with fake background noise an all. Pretended like he was speaking to someone else in the background about me. I had time so I played along just to fock with him. When he said, 'I needed to wire them the money in order for them not to carry out the warrant for my arrest', I started laughing and said, 'really, well come on by, I'm home', he got angrier and angrier and eventually hung up.

  • what?why

    Are the Obamas ever home, with their high school daughter, in Washington DC?

  • brownisback

    Exactly! At the time we didn't knowhow big of a case it would be then after we found out it made it worse

  • Dowoop

    Doesn't she go to a boarding school? Didn't realize parents were allowed to live in boarding schools.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Still praying for a president that will do something substantial for black people.

  • Missy

    grey haired

    ...nothn like salt/pepper on a grown ass man??

  • MythCalledLove

    Their grandmother was there so its not like they are dropped off and only see her family on holidays. With skype, face time it doesn't take the place of actually being present. But Im sure her parents are there more than it may seem. When I was in college I had to call home collect or with my calling card. And the good ole pen & paper was my "email" I hv noticed alot of young people today actually spell words like they use on social media. I also wondered are they taught cursive writing anymore. Without the internet and cellphones the world would be lost. Seems they don't teach the old school back in the day way to do their jobs. I cant stand to hear "our computers are down"
    Damn shame.

  • hottlanta

    Still waiting on Dump to speak about the attacks in New York and come up with a solution.

  • hottlanta

    Hellooooo Leo. Looking good like we always do. Glad to see a President go to an event without promoting a hat or hotel.

  • imright

    Uncle Barry ?

  • klwbaby

    So u worried about if someone cares about black people but u said that blacks are https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/009db1c28874ebed0c8b4777fa98967ac6d39a9ff697da08aa220310bb22d225.png

  • shun king

    they sent that white guy home retarded how you figure trump can just make a country do what he want?

  • shun king

    oh you like that kind of talk huh? lol

  • klwbaby

    I think its funny your hypocritical azz always has something to say about black people. What happened, your girl left u for a black man or u want a black man to hold u tight late at night...???

  • shun king

    naw i just tell the truth

  • klwbaby

    So all black people are thieves and f*gs?

  • shun king

    thats a damn troll board you can say i was telling the truth or not it dont matter to me...who go get somebody shyt off another website like damn i affect yall folks that much ???

  • klwbaby

    That's the best you can do??!! A troll board...???. What's with all the cussing boo boo. U mad someone exposed your racist behind. Its cool Shun we know your type: a closeted homosexual who will only talk about black men from the safety of his trailer. I'm done with u...???

  • shun king

    yall the one mad i told you what you can do lol you want to see more go find me on reddit

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I thought Trump was going to send the feds to clean up Chicago.

    Oh I guess that idea went down the memory hole like a thousand other things Trump has proposed.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah Obama is going to clean up Chicago single-handedly even though it's been a gansta town since Al Copone.

    Oh wait maybe Obama can use the same time machine to go in time that he used to plant his birth announcement in that Honolulu newspaper and make sure that Al Copone was never born.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    *dead*

  • dontgetblocked

    Will this man just disappear??

  • dontgetblocked

    Nope.

  • dontgetblocked

    No. She lives at the DC home with no parents.

  • hottlanta

    Dump punk azz didn't step off that plane in Chicago while campaigning. That was a chance for him to show tough leadership when times get hard. That is why he extended his trip to Asia another day because things has gotten tough for him over here. I didn't know once a person left a state they supposed to be tied to it for the rest of their life. Dump never got over that his hotel in Chicago didn't do so well.

  • hottlanta

    Who is paying for all of Dump grandkids on this 13 day trip to China?

  • hottlanta

    Yep, because he reminds us how good we had it. My how we miss a President that knows how to read and spell more than 140 characters.

  • Jussjess25

    Me too!!!! Thank you. No more symbolism, obama did notthing for black people. ! Nothing

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No one is forcing you to pay attention to him but here you are posting on a thread about President Obama.

    Yet neither you or Trump can keep Obama's name out of your mouths.

  • Ryan

    Ask Sandra to stop posting on him. Avoid other sites that mention him. Better yet, why don't YOU just disappear?

  • Ryan

    Legally you're required to show up for jury duty.

  • Ryan

    It was nice having a respectable President in the office.

  • Ryan

    Obama wasn't perfect but he was much much better than the divisive coward taking up space in the White House now. Period.

  • hottlanta

    If I was him you will pay me that just to look at me They don't have a problem with Dump and family pimping the White House to get paid. If I see one mo of those ugly azz red hats during a professional news conference Imma scream.

  • free

    lol yall thought yall was getting off.

  • free

    * the white racist troll known as SHUN KING was outed a few days ago. i can't know for sure but i think some of yall may be wasting your time with him; over 13 of us blocked him that day. *

    this has been a special announcement, we will now return you to your regularly scheduled viewing....

  • https://vidozz.com/cyq ? Kari ?????????

    You mean a racist in office. Obamaworstpresident

  • https://vidozz.com/cyq ? Kari ?????????

    I’m with you. This guys the worst. Can hardly wait until he’s charged

  • Anika Kelly

    As soon as you do.

  • Dowoop

    Are you a maid in the house? You are so informed about their life.

  • hottlanta

    I know right. I have yet to see a loving father/son moment with Dump and Barron. I saw the grandkids on the Asia trip on the taxpayer dime but not Barron.

  • Renee26

    I saw a video taken my a guy who was there...it brought tears to my eyes because it was a reminder of how we have gone from having a President with such grace to one who is a disgrace to humanity. He walked in and shook hands with everyone in the area, so smooth, humble, and respectful of all people. I love his principals and he will always be MY President.

  • Renee26

    ALL OF THIS!!!! AND MORE

  • hottlanta

    Okay. Dump would have did the Tyrese and bought red caps promoting his name when Barak brings his class. Did you see the Dump protest in Hawaii. Those signs were tooooo funny. Especially the one that said "Welcome to Kenya". Even the newspaper said "we don't want you here".

  • Renee26

    LMAO no I didn't see their protests....that's hilarious! I did hear about that lady being fired from her job for throwing up the middle finger to Dumps motorcade....I would fight that termination if I was her

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    I? knew he was a troll. He has really issues and I? hope he gets well soon.

  • hottlanta

    She was a government contractor. They said she went to HR and told them but what got her fired was that she had it on her Facebook page. She has a case because they said some other guy was cursing people out on Facebook and he deleted his page but kept his job.

  • jussaying

    Then you should start by ensuring black people in your community are elected in local offices. And you should make sure the black people who are elected aren't in it for self. (I'm in a black county, the black officials elected here were pocketing tax money for themselves instead of investing it into infrastructure). Buy black. Open bank accounts at black owned banks, etc. A president, no matter how good, but especially the first black president is unable to just wave a magic wand and undo centuries of oppression. Particularly when facing racists in Congress who were quoted as saying: "Our main goal is to make Obama a one term president.."

    Obama did what he could for poor people which is a keyword for overwhelmingly black people by increasing the amount of time kids could stay on their parents insurance, reworking student loan legislation to make it easier for families to get their kids in college, and he proposed amendments to police actions to try and limit instances of police brutality, the FHA loans were meant to make it easier for people to obtain homes and protect the economy from collapsing again, and finally, he was working incredibly hard to amend gun laws to try and keep our people from being shot up...

    One person, even the president, is unable to do everything on his own.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    An official doesn't have to be black to make in impact in the black community...

  • Renee26

    She silly for that...first I would have a page not tied to my name if I was posting political stuff and had a government job...no coworkers on my friends list...and I surely wouldn't tell on myself

  • Yoni7

    What happened? LOL I had been back and forth with that fukk boi a couple of weeks ago. I told him to GTFOMF, until he could learn how to properly use the word(s) woman vs. women in a sentence. Ain't heard from him since......and he's NOT blocked. LOL

  • Yoni7

    BLOOP! LOL

  • Yoni7

    LMAO

  • Yoni7

    That disheartens me. Some African tried it with MY mama. She called my sister and my sister called the police.

  • jussaying

    You're correct; any official. My point was, it starts on the local frontier and ensuring congressional leaders in office align with your interests. Doesn't matter who is in office if we are still a democratic republic. Now, if you want fascism, then yes one leader can unilaterally affect law.

  • Ryan

    Lawd, y'all damned stupid trolls ?

  • hottlanta

    It don't matter if it is a government job or not. There are still certain things you don't do PERiOD.

  • Ryan

    Trolling is his life. It gets lonely at the trailer park while his sister's working the shift at the local tidday hut.

  • jussaying

    Nope. Cursive is not taught anymore. My cousin's school issues out iPads in 1st grade.

  • free

    somebody screen-shotted his posts on another site calling the whole black race out. when they called him out on it, he evaded the questions and continued the fuggery so we all blocked him.

  • Yoni7

    He's a fukk boi and fukk boi's do fukk boi things.

  • what?why

    She goes to a day school. Talk of DC - absentee parents ...

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    How does an Ex-President has to do jury duty...in Chicago of all places..
    Am I the only one who see this as odd??

  • Coffee1st

    Yeah. Odd as hell. It's a very disrespectful play. I don't think a president in the history of presidents has had to do this. They are ultimately disrespecting his status.... Putting him back into his "place" with the commoners. While i don't believe in special treatment, I surely wouldn't expect any president to attend jury duty..for reasons only one with common sense would understand.

  • Dora LaBelle

    Prez. Obama was President of the United States, not President for Black People. Open the door for me, and I'll get my own. Not looking for handouts here! BTW. He released many black folks from years of jail time before he left office! SOMETHING.

  • Jussjess25

    Again symbolism. Ain't nobody asking for handouts so stfu! Black people dont need "early release". we need legislation to combat systematic racism, which keeps black folks in prisons for unjust reasons and false crimes. ? And that is something obama did not do..

  • Dora LaBelle

    What legislation of any kind could he pass without strong opposition? You expecting miracles and you are delusional!

  • Jussjess25

    Expecting miracles you ask? Perhaps everyone should take a note out of Trump's book. How much you want to bet he gets all if his legislation passed! You know how?.. by doing exactly what hes doing now. Stacking the house and dismantling every thing obama put in place. I am
    By no means a Trump supporter but he does what he wants and hes not afraid of saying how he really feels about other races. And he makes it known to everyone where he stands. For white people!! Right or wrong.. obama did nothing for black people the way in which we needed him to. He should have stepped to the plate and dismantled some of the harsh injustices that we face, that was put in place by his predecessors or atleast tried.

  • Dora LaBelle

    Trump has NOT dismantled everything Prez. Obama put in place. Can you say Obamacare? Besides, many say he accomplished NOTHING. If he accomplished nothing, what is there to dismantle? Trump has not done everything he promised. No POTUS does. Where is the wall? Insane idea. You keep blabbering about dismantling harsh injustices. You can change what you want, but you can't legislate away bigotry in a person's heart.