Vice President Biden Reports for Jury Duty

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    FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2010 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden gestures while speaking at the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. Biden said Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 that the country is evolving on the issue of gay marriage and he thinks it's inevitable there will be national consensus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    First, the courts tabbed a Supreme Court justice. Now, the vice president of the United States get a call for jury duty.

    That’s right, Joe Biden may be the vice president, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have to fulfill his civic duty.

    Aides said Biden reported for jury duty Monday morning at the New Castle County courthouse in Delaware after receiving a jury summons.

    "I don't consider myself different than any other person," Biden told The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. "This is important ... It is an honor to be a part of the system."

    Biden and several Secret Service agents waited with other prospective jurors in the jury assembly room. During a break, staffers and security poured in from a side door to consult with the vice president. Biden said he had to make several calls on a secure telephone during the break, including one to President Barack Obama.

    No word on whether he'll actually be chosen to sit in on a trial.

    Justice Elena Kagan reported for duty at D.C. Superior Court Thursday morning, but was not called to serve on a case.

    NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams said jurors who recognized her took pictures with their cellphones.

    And if you're wondering, Obama has also been called for jury duty while in office. He was summoned for jury duty in suburban Chicago last January, but told the court that he wouldn't be able to make it.