Okay, so this might be old news, but I just read this today and I want to share it with everyone.
Dennis Haysbert portrayed President Palmer on 24, and he recently discussed how his character made people open up to the idea of a Black President:
“I think we both have a similar approach to who and what we believe the president is,” Haysbert said in another interview with the Los Angeles Times. “Barack doesn’t get angry. He’s pretty level. That’s how I portrayed President Palmer: as a man with control over his emotions and great intelligence.” (from BuddyTV)