Reporting from Washington — If Cook County, Ill., had its druthers, President Obama would be showing up for jury duty today.
But court officials were told several weeks ago the prospect was a no-go, a White House official said Sunday. The summons arrived at the president's Chicago home.
Obama, a 1991 graduate of Harvard Law School, president of the Harvard Law Review and later a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, would have been bound for the courthouse in suburban Bridgeview had he not been otherwise occupied.
With his first State of the Union address scheduled for Wednesday, it's a busy week for the president.
But he'll be having a little fun too. His official schedule today calls for a meet-and-greet with the Los Angeles Lakers, the reigning NBA champions. The White House said players would be joined by coaches, team staffers, NBA officials and former Laker greats.