Here’s an easy excuse for getting out of an inconvenient spot of jury duty: a meeting with the president of the Kurdistan region in Iraq. It may not work for everyone – but it works for Barack Obama.
Late last year a summons for Barack Hussain Obama of 5046 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, arrived, asking him to report for jury service at Cook County’s Bridgeview courthouse. Obama now spends more time at his work address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, better known as the White House, and sent word that he was otherwise engaged running the country.
Obama of course has a busy time, with his first State of the Union address on Wednesday, in which he hopes to turn around his sagging political fortunes. But otherwise the week seems pretty clear. Today he was meeting the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. And President Massoud Barzani of the Kurdistan regional government was dropping by later.
In many respects Obama would have made an excellent juror, with his degree from Harvard Law School and his years teaching law at the University of Chicago. But the other jurors may have been intimidated by his presence.