Just because you’re a former leader of the free world does not mean that you can get out of doing your civic duty.
Desiree Bryant let the world know on Twitter that President George W. Bush is at her session of jury duty. “Look who I just met doing Jury Duty! #POTUS,” she tweets, along with a photo of her posing with the president.
101st district court Judge Staci Williams also posted a photo of her intern with the former president, writing, “At least my interns have fun! Pres. George Bush Jr. was at the courthouse today. Jury duty is required of all!”
This is not President Bush’s first time being called for jury duty in his home state. In 2005, he was among 600 potential jurors in McLennan County, though he did not appear that time. Judge Ralph Strother told Fox News at the time that he didn’t think he would be “sending the sheriff out to bring the president in,” since even though “jury duty is a very important civic function,” “running the country” takes priority.
But now that he’s no longer in office, Bush showed up just like all the other potential jurors. However, he was not chosen to sit on a jury. “He sat through the jury selection panel for a case in Judge Eric Moye’s court on the 14th civil district but — surprise! — was not picked to serve as a juror,” Bush’s communications director Freddy Ford tells NBC News.
President Obama was called for jury duty in Chicago in 2010, but he sent his regrets because he was delivering the State of the Union address.