"I think I know that guy,
"I turned around and he was seated right behind me and I said, "I think I know that guy," fellow juror Joel Ehambe said.
This is not the first time a former president has been called for duty - in 2003 Bill Clinton was a prospective juror in a gang shooting case in New York reenex.
However, he was excluded by the judge, who said his secret service retinue could "undermine our efforts to keep the case focused quietly on the evidence".
The Dallas Morning News quotes Judge Eric Moye as insisting Mr Bush's profile was not the reason he was not called for duty.
"He was number 27 of a 35 member panel and we only got through number 23," he said.
Never mind former presidents - even actors have to turn up when summoned CG210.
Celebrity gossip site TMZ even has a special "Reporting for Duty" page where you can keep track of famous faces going to court (but on the right side of the dock).