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Best TV president in a terrorist crisis: David Palmer or Tom Kirkman?
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Who is the greatest TV president of all time?

In these troubled political times, debating the best small-screen Commander-in-Chief is a welcome exercise in escapism. These fictional characters faced terrorism, Cylons, and scheming staff members; they've had affairs, murdered people, and been driven from office by electoral college ties.

But who wins your vote for TV's best American president?

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Haybert portrayed Palmer as unshakably brave in the face of numerous assassination attempts, all while fighting terror against a ticking clock with the help of super-agent Jack Bauer. And his character stood up against bigotry and hate.

"I want them to see how we protect our citizens. We will not put up with racism or xenophobia." 
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The grisly premise of "Designated Survivor" lets Sutherland play an idealistic "West Wing" Commander-in-Chief while in the midst of a "Homeland"-esque setting of paranoia and looming disaster. Fans love his untested-outsider-thrust-into-leadership character.

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OMG, President Palmer's speech here makes you feel safer even though it's fiction.

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But watch the moment where Sutherland finds out the entire U.S. government has been assassinated. If it doesn't give you chills, you may be dead inside.

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Haybert's portrayal of an African-American president broke ground—even he said it paved the way for America's first Black president IRL.

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But Kirkman has loyal fans as well. The fact that he is thrust by a violent tragedy into this position of ultimate power, one he didn't even want, makes him an even more compelling reluctant hero.

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Horror author Stephen King is #TeamKirkman.

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Best TV president in a terrorist crisis: David Palmer or Tom Kirkman?
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A festive crown for the winner
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