Despite the hype County Chief Judge Tim Evans said the former president been dismissed.
That didn't stop the 44th president of the United States from making a celebrity-sized stir as he reported for jury duty at Chicago's Daley Center, shaking hands with fellow prospective jurors, signing autographs and causing a buzz on social media. But Obama was ready to serve if told to do so, Evans said.
No longer the world's most powerful politician, Obama approached the court like an ordinary American waiting to carry out his civic duty.
Nor is he the first famous Chicagoan to be called to jury duty. When he arrived there was a feeding frenzy as crowds of people inside the courthouse took photos and videos of the former president.
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Obama left his home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood around 9:30 a.m. "I am surprised that he's actually coming".
Obama arrived at the justice center in Chicago by motorcade, according to several USA media reports that showed him entering the building and being greeted by people at the courthouse.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were also called for jury duty post-White House.
Eventually Obama was placed on a jury panel, but when that panel wasn't needed he was allowed to go home. It's safe to say Obama was one of the highest-profile people to report for jury duty in the county's recent history.