Jury duty is a nuisance for all Americans, and nobody is excluded from this irritating responsibilty — not even former presidents.
George W. Bush caused a bit of a stir this morning when he showed up to a Dallas courthouse after being summoned for jury duty. Other jurors were shocked to see the 43rd U.S. president hanging out in the courthouse, just waiting to get excused by a local judge.
From The Dallas Morning News:
In fact, Coleman and other jurors were in for quite the surprise when former President George W. Bush also showed up for jury duty at Judge Eric Moye’s court on the 14th civil district.
“They made it seem like it was an anonymous juror that never showed up and then they brought him in,” she said.
Coleman, of Dallas, said Bush spent time talking to the other jurors and took photos and spoke with everyone. She said the president’s visit was “awesome” and “surprising.”
“He was very personable, very friendly, just ‘hey I’m here to serve,’ he asked questions and was very nice,” she said. “I loved it.”
Bush’s spokesman Freddy Ford confirmed the president was summoned for jury duty and said Bush was at the courthouse in the 600 block of Commerce Street from about 8:50 a.m. until just before noon.
Secret service could be seen outside Moye’s court on the 5th floor of the courthouse.
Bush was unfortunately not picked to be a juror. Though many Americans disagree with his politics, almost everybody finds W. to be a likable dude. Bush is clearly living it up, post-presidency — as he should. Spending his days golfing, painting, hanging at his ranch and living it up in north Dallas is every Texan’s dream. He probably spends a good amount of time shmucking it up with SMU girls, too, which is never a bad deal.
“Hey, I’m just here to serve.” Such a solid W. line. Who doesn’t love 43?.
[via Dallas News]
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