Dennis Haysbert

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The former president of the United States of 24, Dennis Haysbert, says he may have helped make Barack Obama's candidacy possible.

"If anything, my portrayal of David Palmer, I think, may have helped open the eyes of the American people," says the actor. "And I mean the American people from 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."

As ardent supporters of his fake presidency, we won't argue with him. Still, he may have his history a little askew: Hadn't Morgan Freeman already been president during the Deep Impact administration?

Senator Obama seems to think so. Upon meeting Freeman back in April, Obama said, "This guy was president before I was."

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