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President Barack Obama was dismissed from Cook County jury duty

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Photograph: Max Herman Rally with President Obama at UIC

After being called to jury duty at the Daley Center Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama—a Harvard Law alum and former University of Chicago law professor—was not selected to serve as a juror.

Juror evaluation processes vary, but Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans told Chicago Tribune reporters around noon that Obama was dismissed. His impressive background—not to mention that he once led the free world—shows how selective the process can be.

President Obama still made his trip to the Loop from his Kenwood home worthwhile. He greeted fellow jurors in the assembly lobby, offering handshakes and even selfies to a select few.

One Twitter user's live video caught an apropos statement by the former president on camera: “Thanks everybody for serving on the jury—or at least being willing to.”

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