Did Dennis Haysbert’s ‘24’ president pave the way for our 44th?

 

President David Palmer’s term in office lasted only a few seasons on the Fox series “24.”

But the image of a black president may have helped pave the way for Barack Obama’s historic election, according to the actor who portrayed the popular character.

“It may have opened the eyes, the minds and the hearts of people because the character was so well liked,” said actor Dennis Haysbert. “So they were going to embrace anybody - white, black, brown, male, female - that kind of resembled that character. It just so happens that Barack is the man he is.”

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