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David Palmer (Character)
from "24" (2001)

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"24: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (#1.15)" (2002)
President Palmer: I can't wait for Ellis to get back to us. I've got to go.
Jack Bauer: Senator, they're not going to let me continue to work here. I am technically still under arrest.
[pause]
President Palmer: Come on.
[They exit the conference room, and enter the main CTU floor]
President Palmer: Ryan!
Ryan Chappelle: Yes, Senator?
President Palmer: I understand you have Jack under arrest.
Jack Bauer: I told the Senator I was being detained for questioning.
President Palmer: There is an ongoing crisis that supersedes any charges that might be filed against him.
Ryan Chappelle: But Senator...
President Palmer: I want him reinstated to his previous position, effective immediately.
Alberta Green: I'm sorry, sir, but you don't have the authority to make that decision.
Ryan Chappelle: Alberta, please.
[Alberta stares at Palmer, then backs off]
Ryan Chappelle: Sir, what you are asking isn't possible. The charges against Agent Bauer are serious. We would be held in contempt of agency regulations if we reinstated him without a hearing.
Jack Bauer: Ryan, you don't have to reinstate me. Not permanantly. Look, nobody here has as much information about this situation as I do. Give me provisional status, just till the end of the day. Then you can take me back into custody, do whatever you want.
[pause; Chappelle looks at Palmer]
Ryan Chappelle: Fine, Jack. You work the case out of CTU, but you answer to me. Good luck with your campaign, Senator.
[Chappelle walks off]
Jack Bauer: Thank you.
[Jack stares at Green. Palmer then pulls Jack aside]

President Palmer: I know why you want me dead, Mr. Bauer.
Jack Bauer: Want you dead, Senator? I don't know what you're talking about.
President Palmer: Kosovo!
Jack Bauer: Kosovo?
President Palmer: I know you hold me responsible for the men you lost there. Two years ago today.
Jack Bauer: You know about Operation Nightfall?
President Palmer: I authorized the mission. I know you took out Victor Drazen and his inner circle, and I know you lost six men in the process.
Jack Bauer: And you think I want revenge for the death of men?
President Palmer: Yes, I do.
Jack Bauer: With all due respect, Senator, I almost died today trying to protect you! And if I blame anyone for the death of my men in Kosovo, sir, I blame myself!

Ryan Chappelle: Senator Palmer. Ryan Chappelle.
[Chappelle and Palmer shake hands]
President Palmer: What seems to be the problem, Ryan? Why can't I get in to see Agent Bauer?
Ryan Chappelle: Please forgive the wait. But when an agent is under internal investigation, procedure is to keep him isolated until he's been fully interrogated.


"24: Day 2: 4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m. (#2.21)" (2003)
Vice President Jim Prescott: If military strikes do not occur imminently casualties to American soldiers will increase by tens of thousands of lives. That analysis is undisputed.
President Palmer: The risk of attacking innocent countries is unacceptable. We have to be sure.
Vice President Jim Prescott: Everybody is sure, Mr. President. Everybody but you.
President Palmer: Well, as it happens, I'm the only one who counts.

President Palmer: Listen to me. All of you. I know you're not in the same room with me but you can see and hear me plainly enough. Take a good look. Do I seem scared? Am I breaking into a nervous sweat? Am I babbling? At a loss for words? Is my voice shaking? Can any one of you look me in the eye and tell me I'm disabled?

President Palmer: Mr. Prescott, there seems to be a collective feeling that a discussion is called for. In the interest in putting this behind us, I'll agree on one condition. When it's over, if I'm supported you tender your resignation as vice president of this country.
Vice President Jim Prescott: Very well, Mr. President.
Secretary of State: I, uh, suggest we all take a few minutes to compose ourselves and, uh, then get on with the proceeding.
President Palmer: Let's not mince words, Mr. Secretary. You mean the trial of David Palmer.


"24: 12:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. (#1.1)" (2001)
Senator David Palmer: All right, "On this historic occasion..."
Patty Brooks: Well, it is an historic occasion, sir.


"24: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (#1.14)" (2002)
Mike Novick: That was the Pentagon. Remember you asked me to look up the name Jack Bauer?
Senator David Palmer: Who is he?
[Mike leans over, and whispers to Palmer]
Mike Novick: He used to be in Special Forces. He led a six man team into Kosovo a couple of years ago.
Senator David Palmer: That's what it was. The Drazen mission.
Mike Novick: Bauer picked his own men and trained them. Only Bauer survived.
Senator David Palmer: He blames me for the death of his men.


"24: Day 3: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m. (#3.18)" (2004)
President Palmer: I feel as though I'm crossing a line I will never be able to step back from.


"24: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (#1.11)" (2002)
Second Grader: Is it true you played basketball?
Senator David Palmer: Sure did. Georgetown.
Second Grader: My daddy says Georgetown sucks.
Senator David Palmer: I think I need to have a little talk with your daddy.
Second Grader: He also says there will never be a black president in this country, ever.
Senator David Palmer: Would you give your daddy a message for me? Tell him I understand where he's coming from, but he's wrong. And I'm gonna prove it.


"24: 3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m. (#1.4)" (2001)
President Palmer: Jack, what about Ellis? Was he able to retrieve the missing file on Operation Nightfall?
Jack Bauer: I lost contact with Ellis.
President Palmer: "Lost contact"? What do you mean?
Jack Bauer: I mean we got interrupted in the middle of our phone call. Sir, I have to be honest with you. I've got a very bad feeling about this.
President Palmer: So what are you telling me?
Jack Bauer: I'm telling you that for now, we should assume Ellis is dead.
President Palmer: Keep me posted.
Jack Bauer: Yes, sir.


"24: Day 2: 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. (#2.15)" (2003)
Jack Bauer: [Jack is on the phone with the President discussing who will fly the bomb] We have a few volunteers, Sir. President. All of them good men.
President Palmer: Whoever it is, tell him he has the undying gratitude of every citizen of this country and tell him we will take care of whatever family he leaves behind.
George Mason: Yes Sir, I will.
[the president ends by asking to call him back when the plane is in the air]
George Mason: Funny, huh. I don't see any volunteers, when's the last time you flew a plane?
Jack Bauer: I can get it in the air and put it down, George.