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Obama Reported To Jury Duty And A Bunch Of Regular-Ass People Suddenly Got Excited About Jury Duty

"It was awesome," said one surprised potential juror.

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Unlike most days at the Daley Center, where jury selection is held, Obama's arrival caused a wild spectacle that can only be described as "lit." The former president even waved to a large crowd of spectators.

As for the citizens who were summoned on Wednesday, they were shocked to see him. They were suddenly very excited about their civil responsibility to serve.

Guess who I ran into at jury duty?!? Unbelievable! #Obama #Chicago #DaleyCenter #MissHimSoMuch

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Thomas Pearson was sitting in the holding room when he got word Obama was expected to show up. Pearson quickly began filming, and recorded Obama shaking the hands of possible jurors, including his own.

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"It was awesome," he told BuzzFeed News of the whole experience.

In the video, Pearson admitted that he "was gonna ditch jury duty today."

Obama worked the room and even signed a few books for people.

He also thanked the staff for their service in "the core part of the justice system."

#Obama JuryDuty #DaleyCenter #Chicago #Amazing

Obama was reportedly held for less than two hours before he was excused. According to a Chicago reporter from WBEZ, lawyers waiting outside said they would NOT want Obama as a juror...understandably.

Media and others hoping to see Obama when he appears for jury duty. Lawyers waiting say they'd never want him on ju… https://t.co/3A86c6jHrQ

Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.

Contact Tanya Chen at tanya.chen@buzzfeed.com.

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