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Obama Skipping Jury Duty

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President Obama will be skipping jury duty this week and with good reason: He's a little tied up with the State of the Union.

The president was summoned for jury duty at a county courthouse in the suburb of Bridgeview beginning today, according to reports. The summons was sent to Mr. Obama's home on the South Side of Chicago, but the president told the court two weeks ago that he would not be able to make it, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Obama is not the first sitting president called in for jury duty, Politics Daily notes. Former President George W. Bush was called to serve on a jury in McLennan County, Texas, in 2006, but was relieved of the duty. Former President Bill Clinton was reportedly willing to serve on a 2003 case involving a gang-related shooting but was dismissed by the judge.

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