Those serving jury duty in downtown Dallas had quite the surprise when they looked over the faces of their fellow jurors this week. They might have been tipped off to someone special being in the room when the Secret Service was camped outside, but soon potential jurors were treated to spending the day rubbing elbows in the juror box with a former President.
As with many instances in his Presidency, George W. Bush was called to serve his country, and even in a minor way like jury duty, he was intent on rising to the occasion and doing his civic duty.
Fox News reported on what it was like to serve next to a former President,
“He was very personable, very friendly, just ‘hey I’m here to serve,’ he asked questions and was very nice,” Sheri Coleman told the Morning News. “I loved it.”
Secret Service agents could be seen outside the court as Bush sat through jury selection.
Another potential juror, Joel Ehambe, said he was nervous to be in the same room as Bush, but that the former president [put] everyone at ease.
“I said it was an honor to meet him and I thanked him for being there,” Ehambe told The Morning News. “He thanked me as well.”
Unsurprisingly, Bush wasn’t selected to serve on a jury and was sent home around noontime. You can imagine how distracting a trial for petty larceny would become if there was a former President serving as a juror.
Do you think President Obama will show up for jury duty when he leaves office?