I’m Dennis Haysbert, and I Approved This Message

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.”

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PICTURED: Actor Dennis Haysbert arrives at The Black Eyed Peas’ 4th Annual Peapod Foundation Benefit Concert held on February 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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