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Three Reasons Why the Worst Job on '24' Is President of the United States

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 12th 2010 9:00AM
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If you ask most people, the idea of being President of the United States is likely one of the best jobs ever. Every little kid is told if he or she works hard, some day they could be the Commander in Chief. And yet, if you have been watching the eight seasons of '24,' there is probably no worse career choice than running America while Jack Bauer is handling a CTU assignment. In fact, when you look back on the presidents who have inhabited the White House during Jack's tenure, being the most powerful world leader is a high-risk profession that's not for the faint of heart.

Unlike other television series that have taken viewers inside the Oval Office, '24' presents the president in crisis mode, so perhaps it's a bit unfair to compare. Still, if you had your choice, you'd rather be Jed Bartlett on 'The West Wing' than Wayne Palmer or any other '24' president. Here are three reasons why the worst job on '24' is President of the United States:

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Ted Kennedy enjoyed Bond and Bauer

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 27th 2009 11:36AM
Ted_Kennedy_US_senatorUnlike his three older brothers who all died suddenly – and tragically – the late Massachusetts senator Edward M. Kennedy knew that his final days were upon him. In the time he had left, Teddy, as he was known by friends and family, took the time to enjoy his life. That included still getting out on his boat to sail despite being wheelchair bound, as well as viewing all the James Bond movies, as well as 24 action hero Jack Bauer.

What's really fascinating about the latter two facts is that Kennedy was clearly entertained by both Bond and Bauer, men of action who didn't – and don't follow the rules. Bond, for instance, is in the service of her majesty's secret service, but he's a spy with a license to kill.

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Dennis Haysbert says he paved the way for Obama

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2008 9:22AM
Dennis HaysbertWould America be ready for an African-American president, which is now a 50-50 proposition with Senator Barack Obama the presumptive Democratic candidate, if actor Dennis Haysbert hadn't done it first on 24?

A lot of people have wondered if Haysbert's brave, commanding President David Palmer influenced the way people are thinking about Obama. Dennis Haysbert has now weighed in, and he believes that his role on 24 made a difference.

"My portrayal of David Palmer may have helped open the eyes of the American people," he told the AP.

"I mean the American people across the board - from the poorest to the richest, every color and creed, every religious base - to prove the possibility there could be an African-American president, a female president, any type of president that puts the people first," he goes on to say.

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Dennis Haysbert 'disappointed' with this season of 24

by Meredith O'Brien, posted Mar 21st 2007 3:02PM

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Dennis Haysbert told the Philadelphia Daily News that not only did he regret filming the assassination scene in last season's 24, but he's also not keen on this season's installment of the counter-terrorism thriller.

Haysbert -- who played President David Palmer on 24 but now stars in CBS' The Unit -- came back to 24 to film Palmer's assassination, something he says he now wishes he hadn't done. "It was a device that I didn't think was necessary," he said.

Haysbert also criticized his former show, saying he thinks that the program may have lost its way. "I started to watch it this season, and, you know, I'm just a little disappointed in its direction," he told the Daily News, adding that, although he's still a fan, "the politics has been skewed in a very, very right-wing way."

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Hello Mr. TV President

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 16th 2007 6:02PM

President Palmer did a good job on 24President's Weekend is upon us, and besides looking forward to all those nifty sales being offered at your local car dealership, how else should you best commemorate this day?

Sure, our real president may be less than desirable to revere at the moment, but at least we have our TV presidents to look up to!

How well you know your TV presidents? Wonder no more and check out this quiz. I personally do not know my TV presidents because I got a 4/10 on the quiz, but maybe you'll do better. Maybe.

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24: 12:00am - 1:00am

by Tom Biro, posted Apr 18th 2006 5:31AM
Bill Buchanan(S05E18) So, is it just me, or has the crescendo already begun for this season, and is it going to break form and roll the rest of the way through to the end, or is it just me? With the military, Christopher Henderson and henchmen, the new CTU / Homeland Security, and a bunch of other law enforcement officials after Jack Bauer all at the same time, we've far exceeded what the fine folks at Rockstar Games would have put together for the Grand Theft Auto video game series, and moved into a whole new level.

Wily veteran Jack manages to think long enough to reach out to Bill Buchanan, as a way to get Wayne Palmer "to safety," whatever that means right now. He's all ready to meet up with Audrey and her father, as he seems like the smartest opportunity to catch Logan and end this mess. But after telling the secretary what they have on a recording and stating their intentions, Audrey and Jack are tied up and locked away, with Heller stating that he is going to try and get Logan to resign, because what Jack wanted to do would be "bad for the country."

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