24 Actor: I Paved the Way for Obama
Haysbert says his role as a black prez may have helped the Dem
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2008 12:57 PM CDT
Actor Dennis Haysbert, left, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson share a moment during the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike last year.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – Dennis Haysbert likes to believe his portrayal as the first African-American US president on Fox's 24 may have helped pave the way for Barack Obama. "If anything, my portrayal of David Palmer, I think, may have helped open the eyes of the American people," said the 54-year-old actor, who has contributed $2,300 to the Illinois Democrat's presidential campaign.

"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," added Haysbert, who now stars on The Unit on CBS.