Americans won't just get enough of their former President Barack Obama.

On Wednesday, the former US president answered a jury summons, but was dismissed soon after arriving at a Chicago courthouse to perform the civic duty asked of all Americans.

As a prospective juror, Obama joined fellow citizens at Cook County's Daley Center courthouse, all waiting to see if they would be chosen to serve on a trial.

The former leader of the free world was the only juror to arrive by motorcade, however, accompanied by tight security and met with a throng of news media and court staff trying to snap a picture.

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"Hey gorgeous!" one court clerk exclaimed upon spotting the former president, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Potential juror Kelly Bulik told the newspaper she felt like a "piece of melting butter" as she shook his hand.

Obama thanked everyone for showing up, and was surprised by some who presented him with copies of his books to sign.

"Thanks everybody for serving on the jury. Or, at least being willing to," he said to laughter.

The former law professor left by midday, along with a number of others who were randomly selected for dismissal, according to the Tribune.

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