White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the McLennan County court has been called and told the president had other commitments on Monday. McClellan said the White House will work with the court to reschedule Mr. Bush's jury duty.
State District Judge Ralph Strother said he doesn't actually expect Mr. Bush to show up in court. He adds, "I don't think I'll be sending the sheriff out to bring the president in."
Last week, Mr. Bush's 2004 presidential competitor Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was not only chosen to sit on a jury in Suffolk Superior Court, but also was.
The case involved two men who sued the city for injuries suffered in a 2000 car accident involving a school principal. The Kerry-led jury rejected their claim, and his fellow jurors said the state's junior senator was a natural leader.
"I was a little surprised," Kerry said of being selected for jury duty.
"I enjoyed it," he said. "It was very, very interesting and very instructive."