A Jury of Your Peers Doesn't Include the President

President Obama gets out of jury duty

By Andy Salsman
|  Monday, Jan 25, 2010  |  Updated 8:31 AM EDT
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Think you’ve heard every excuse for getting out of jury duty? You’ve probably never heard this one: I can’t serve because I’m busy being the leader of the free world.

They say everyone is eligible for jury duty, and everyone includes President Barack Obama. He received the summons at his home in the Chicago area and was supposed to serve during a trial that starts today.

The White House told the court, however, that the president wouldn’t be able to make it. It seems he’s a bit busy these days, with his first State of the Union speech coming up on Wednesday.

Besides, wouldn’t you rather spend a Monday hanging out with the Los Angeles Lakers? Kobe and Co. are visiting the White House to celebrate their recent NBA title.

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