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The President of the United States, the highest-ranking member of the Executive Branch in the United States and Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces, was occupied by David Palmer during Days 2 and 3, John Keeler during Day 4, Charles Logan during Day 5, Wayne Palmer during Day 6, and Allison Taylor during Redemption and Days 7 and 8.
Hal Gardner, as Vice President, ascended to the presidency upon Logan's removal from office and Noah Daniels assumed the presidency upon the incapacitation of Wayne Palmer during Day 6 and Daniels was outgoing President during Redemption
Various Presidents had to contend with numerous terrorist threats, both domestic and foreign, and several were victims of terrorist attacks themselves.
Before Day 1 Edit
|George Washington||Deceased||Jack Bauer accused Brett Marks of thinking he was George Washington during the events of Veto Power.|
|John Adams||Deceased||Mentioned by Allison Taylor during Day 7.|
|Andrew Jackson||Deceased||Featured on U.S. money.|
|Abraham Lincoln||Deceased||David Palmer quoted him during Day 2. Mentioned by Charles Logan during Day 5.|
|F.D. Roosevelt||Deceased||Mentioned by Charles Logan during Day 5 and Karen Hayes during Day 6.|
|Harry Truman||Deceased||Mentioned in a D.C. Times article.|
|John F. Kennedy||Deceased||Two schools, the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the John F. Kennedy School of Special Warfare, were named after him. Mentioned by Charles Logan during Day 5 and Ethan Kanin during Day 7.|
|LBJ||Deceased||Elizabeth Nash was reading a biography of LBJ prior to Day 1.|
|Carter||Alive||President in 1979, a difficult year in the life of Debrah Drexler.|
|Ronald Reagan||Deceased||Agent Aaron Pierce joined the Secret Service during Reagan's second term in office.|
Day 1 — Day 8 Edit
|—||Harry Barnes|| Veto Power,|
|David Palmer|| Day 2,|
|David Palmer won the democratic nomination during Day 1 and later went on to win the election. As President, Palmer handled several national security crises, including resolutions to a nuclear crisis and the containment of a biological virus. Palmer was forced to temporarily grant Vice President Prescott the powers of the presidency twice in the same day under the 25th Amendment; once, as a result of Palmer's supposed indecisiveness, secondly, resulting from an incapacitating assassination attempt. After the death of his ex-wife Sherry Palmer, he decided not to seek a second term. When President Charles Logan had difficulties making decisions, Palmer was brought in as a special advisor in Day 4.|
|James Prescott|| Day 2,|
|In Day 2, James Prescott utilized the 25th Amendment and became the acting president. Eventually, Palmer had his position returned; however, an assassination attempt quickly reversed this. Prescott continued to serve as the commander-in-chief until Palmer was stable enough to return to his duties.|
|John Keeler||Day 4||Unknown|
|When President David Palmer dropped out of the election, John Keeler later became president. Keeler served as president during Day 4, but an attack on Air Force One incapacitated him. Keeler, suffering life-threatening injuries, was unable to return to his duties.|
|Charles Logan|| Day 4,|
|When an attack on Air Force One by Mitch Anderson caused President Keeler to be incapacitated, Charles Logan was sworn in as president. Holding the position through Day 4 and Day 5, Logan was unseated when his responsibility for the assassination of David Palmer and the selling of Sentox VX nerve gas to terrorists was exposed to the public. He was kept under house arrest for a time, until being pardoned by President Daniels. On Day 8, he offered his services to President Taylor, who took him on as a special advisor, until Logan attempted suicide.|
|When President Charles Logan was unseated and arrested for treason, Hal Gardner was sworn in and finished up the term started by President Keeler. It is unknown if Gardner ran for office after the term was over.|
|Wayne Palmer||Day 6||Deceased|
|Wayne Palmer ran for office, when Tom Lennox convinced him, and won the election. Wayne served as the president during the events of Day 6 while co-conspirators, including Reed Pollock, schemed to assassinate him. When he was incapacitated, Noah Daniels became the Acting President. Wayne later died from his injuries.|
|Noah Daniels|| Day 6,|
|When Wayne Palmer was incapacitated, Noah Daniels became the Acting President. He was later sworn in as President following Wayne's death, and in Redemption he saw Allison Taylor into office.|
|Allison Taylor|| Redemption,|
|Senator Taylor won the general election and became the successor to Daniels as President during Redemption. She is also the first female President. However, sometime after Day 8, Taylor resigned from office due to her complicity in the cover-up of the assassination of IRK President Omar Hassan.|
Background information and notes Edit
- As Bill Buchanan noted, Hal Gardner was to be sworn in as President following Charles Logan's resignation, and although it is never confirmed on-screen, no reason is given to suggest Bill was mistaken or wrong in his comment.
- Allison Taylor stated that she would be resigning sometime after Day 8, however no-one was mentioned as being her successor to the presidency. Mitchell Hayworth was her Vice President during Day 7, but he was not mentioned at all in Season 8 and it is unknown if he was even still her Vice President during the later season. Therefore, the state of the presidency after Taylor resigned is unknown.
- No President on 24 has ever been re-elected. David Palmer did not run for re-election, John Keeler and Wayne Palmer were incapacitated, Charles Logan was arrested and removed from office, Noah Daniels lost to Allison Taylor, and Allison Taylor resigned from office.
- Of the 4 actors who portrayed US Presidents on 24 and who took part in the Main Cast, three of them have been nominated for their work on the show. Dennis Haysbert (David Palmer) was Nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2002, Gregory Itzin (Charles Logan) was Nominated for the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2006 and for best Guest Actor in 2010, and Cherry Jones (Allison Taylor) won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2009 becoming the only actor besides Kiefer Sutherland and Sarah Clarke to have won an award for their work on 24.
- David Palmer is the only President to serve a full term on 24.
- Season 1 is the only season not to feature an on-screen President.
There have been many actors on 24 who have played the Commander In-Chief of the U.S. in other media:
- William Devane portrayed John F. Kennedy in the TV dramatization The Missiles of October (1974)
- Benito Martinez played the President in the final season of The Unit (2009)
- Roger Cross played said role in the TV disaster movie Polar Storm (2009)
- William Devane played a presidential role in the Stargate SG-1 TV series (2004)
- Devane also played a fictional president in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
See also Edit
- President of the United States on Wikipedia