President Bush Called for Jury Duty
In yet another scandal plaguing this scandal-plagued administration, President Bush is dodging jury duty.
Will Bush heed his call to (jury) service? (Waco Tribune-Herald)
Leading the free world during wartime and reporting for jury duty are both important public service responsibilities. While most would agree that serving as president of the United States is more pressing than serving as foreman of a jury, McLennan County officials are waiting for Crawford resident George W. Bush, potential juror number 286, to respond to a summons to report Monday for jury duty.
“It is not uncommon that people don’t respond for jury duty,” said 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother, to whose court the president has been summoned. “It is unique having the president in this situation, so I have never faced this issue before and I am not sure what is going to happen. I am assuming at some point that we will hear something from somebody on his behalf.”
White House spokesman Allen Abney said the commander-in-chief was not aware of the situation: “The White House has not received the summons yet.” He declined to elaborate on how the president would handle the jury notice when it finally did arrive from Bush’s adopted home county.
“The president actually appearing for jury duty, I think, would create all sorts of security issues for the Secret Service, for the sheriff’s department, for the courthouse, so I anticipate that we will hear some type of response to the jury summons,” Strother said.
McLennan County District Clerk Karen Matkin said her office mailed a jury summons to Bush at 43 Prairie Chapel Ranch Road in mid-November. “They may still be looking at his mail to see if it has Anthrax on it,” Matkin said. “He may have not even received it or know anything about it.”
“I don’t think I’ll be sending the sheriff out to bring the president in,” said Strother, a Republican who has a grandson serving in the Army in Iraq. “It seems to me that the president has plenty of things to occupy his attention. Jury duty is a very important civic function, but running the country, I think, especially in wartime, takes priority over jury service.”
As Mary Katharine Ham notes, this is some conundrum:
If he gets out of jury duty, Dems will complain he’s not reporting for duty, with inevitable allusions to his Texas Air National Guard service. If he does report and serve, he’ll be slacking off in his Presidential duties, with inevitable allusions to his excessive exercise regimen and long Crawford “vacations.”
Quite true. And how convenient is it that Strother is a Republican?