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President James Heller (Character)
from "24" (2001)

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"24: Live Another Day: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (#1.8)" (2014)
President James Heller: I need you to do something for me, Jack, something you're not gonna want to do.
Jack Bauer: Mr. President, I'll do whatever you need.
President James Heller: A few minutes ago, I spoke directly to Margot Al-Harazi. This is a recording of the relevant part.

President James Heller: End of the road, Jack. I gave you a presidential pardon.
Jack Bauer: A pardon?
President James Heller: Yeah.
[sighs]
President James Heller: All charges against you from four years ago vanish, as well as any charges that might come up with today. You can go home again, Jack.
Jack Bauer: Mr. President, I'm not looking for a pardon. Especially not for this. I think what you're doing is wrong.
President James Heller: This is the right way for me to go.
Jack Bauer: Yes, sir.

President James Heller: I understand we're running out of options.
Jack Bauer: We're not giving up, sir.
President James Heller: But there's no real reason to be optimistic.
Jack Bauer: The percentages are not in our favor, Mr. President. I'm sorry.
President James Heller: Don't apologize, Jack. You're the only one who's even come close to catching Al-Harazi.

President James Heller: [as Jack removes his Secret Service transponder] You've done enough damage as a federal agent, Jack. Thank god you didn't become a surgeon.


"24: Live Another Day: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (#1.5)" (2014)
General Coburn: We believe that this is Margot Al-Harazi crawling away from the wreckage. God knows how she survived.
President James Heller: There were children there. So she was telling the truth.
Mark Boudreau: Despite her claims, the majority of the people killed were members of a radical sect led by her husband.
President James Heller: Well, why wasn't I told that there were civilian casualties?
Mark Boudreau: We were in the middle of a fight to secure funding for the drone program. We needed to focus on the achieved objective, which was killing her husband.
President James Heller: So you covered it up? Even from me?
Mark Boudreau: I thought that the burden of specifics would distract you from the goal at hand.
President James Heller: So you didn't think that you could trust me with the truth, that if I knew that we had killed civilians somehow I wouldn't lobby as hard as you thought.
Mark Boudreau: I was protecting you. That's why you hired me. "No military action is purely surgical. And when the fight begins, collateral damage is always a factor, but our U.S. drone program lets us hit our enemies with the fewest civilian casualties." Those are your words, Mr. President. That's what you believe. And until I hear otherwise, I'm going to do everything I can to further that policy.

President James Heller: You want me to put you back in the field?
Jack Bauer: Until she's captured, yes.
President James Heller: That's a big ask, Jack, even under the circumstances. The Russians are still crying for your head. They find out that we have you and then we let you go? I'll have a larger crisis than I have now.
Jack Bauer: Mr. President, I give you my word that I will surrender myself to the authorities as soon as the threat has been neutralized.
President James Heller: I can't do it, Jack.

Jack Bauer: I'm not gonna let you blow the only lead that we've got because you're worried about what the Russians will do. You want to capture Margot Al-Harazi, you're gonna have my way.
President James Heller: You've been in exile for four years, Jack. Haven't you learned anything?
Jack Bauer: Mr. President, I hope you consider my request. While you still have time.


"24: Live Another Day: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (#1.9)" (2014)
President James Heller: Hand me your phone. I'll call the Secret Service. They'll come and pick me up.
Belcheck: Jack said no phones.
President James Heller: I am the President of the United States of America, and I just gave you an order.
Belcheck: I am not American citizen. This is not America.

President James Heller: So, what's your name?
Belcheck: Belcheck.
President James Heller: Belcheck what?
Belcheck: Belcheck. Just one word, like Madonna.

President James Heller: You should have let me take the hit, Jack. I was prepared to die back there.
Jack Bauer: Mr. President, if there was a chance to save your life, I was gonna take it. Five drones are down. She has one left.
President James Heller: Which is capable of killing thousands of people
Jack Bauer: Not if we get to her first. Sir, where we were an hour ago, I consider this a success.


"24: Live Another Day: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (#1.4)" (2014)
President James Heller: I'm told you just shot two people out in front of the embassy.
Jack Bauer: I barely grazed them, sir.
President James Heller: How do you know that?
Jack Bauer: Because I pulled the trigger.

President James Heller: Jack? It's me.
Jack Bauer: Mr. President.
President James Heller: Be honest with you, Jack, I never thought I'd have to hear your voice again. I liked it that way.

Jack Bauer: Mr. President, I'm here because I believe the U.S. drone fleet is vulnerable and will be used in a terrorist attack later today.
President James Heller: Explain that, Jack.
Jack Bauer: A hacker by the name of Derrick Yates created an override device, which can take control of as many as ten U.S. drones. I believe he's the one who hijacked Lieutenant Tanner's drone and used it as a test flight to prove to his buyers that the device worked. Shortly after that, I found him murdered. Now I believe that the device is in the hands of Margot Al-Harazi, a known terrorist. Mr. President, I promise you, she will use this device without mercy.


"24: Live Another Day: 10:00 p.m.-11:00 a.m. (#1.12)" (2014)
President James Heller: [to President Wei] You've made yourself clear, Mr. President. Let me make myself clear. Once your forces cross the 12-mile limit outside of Okinawa... We will fight.

President James Heller: I won't remember anything that happens today. I won't remember anything that happens, period. I won't remember that I had a daughter that died in such a horrible fashion.

President James Heller: The day before we left for London, I was sitting in my office looking at a picture on my desk of a beautiful woman. I kept staring at it; it's been on my desk since my first day in office, and I knew that I knew that woman, but I couldn't think of her name. Ten seconds, fifteen seconds go by and then, poof. Pops into my head. It was Audrey.


"24: Live Another Day: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (#1.7)" (2014)
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: James, I take it you've heard what's happened?
President James Heller: I explicitly asked you to allow Jack Bauer to handle this alone! Now, you gave me your word.
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: I only agreed to hold off a military presence on the streets. Trusting a fallen agent is another matter entirely. Our surveillance shows that he was betraying you...
President James Heller: You had no business surveilling him in the first place!
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: We are approaching less than an hour to Margot Al-Harazi's deadline. When you fail to deliver yourself to her, she plans to reduce this city to rubble and flames. I can't just sit idly by and do nothing.
President James Heller: Nobody is sitting idly by. We're working our asses off here. You and I need to be working together.
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: We have worked together and we have known each other for years, James. I consider you a friend. And under normal circumstances, I am not one who would ever doubt your judgement.
President James Heller: But?
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: But... Is there something you've been holding back from me, James? Concerning your health?
President James Heller: What about my health?
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: If what I've heard is true, you have my deepest sympathy.
President James Heller: If you had a concern regarding my health, you should've come to me directly and asked.
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: I'm asking you now.
President James Heller: If I thought for one moment that my health risks anyone's life, I would resign this presidency immediately.
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: My mistake, Mr. President. Please, accept my apologies.

President James Heller: If I do as you ask and surrender myself to you, can I trust you to keep your word?
Margot Al-Harazi: You're asking if you can trust me? If either of us should be suspicious, it's me. Is this a tactic to buy yourself more time?
President James Heller: No tactic. No one else knows about this. It's just you and me reaching out to one another.
Margot Al-Harazi: If that's true, then, yes. Surrender yourself to me on the terms I set out, and you have my word this will be over. Nobody else will die. I'm waiting for your decision.
President James Heller: As you suggested, my decision has already been made.


"24: Day 4: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (#4.12)" (2005)
James Heller: Tony, I want to thank you for filling in and I'd like you to stick around and assist Miss Dessler.
Tony Almeida: I'm sorry, who?
James Heller: Michelle Dessler, do you know her?
Tony Almeida: I used to be married to her.

James Heller: Maybe you should go home.
Erin Driscoll: I'm afraid to.
[she cries]
James Heller: [Long pause] When my wife Susan died, I didn't deal with it at all. Actually, I went to work the next day. I remember thinking to myself, "That's life. Quit feeling sorry for yourself. Get over it, get on with it". A few weeks later, I answered a call from an old friend of Susan's who did not know she had died.
[pause]
James Heller: And when I heard myself saying "Susan has passed away", when I actually said those words, it hit me. All the pain I was trying to shut out just overwhelmed me. Erin, you can't keep it inside. You cry, you blame God. You blame yourself and then you cry some more. And all the while you let your friends help you. It's pretty simple. Very painful. And I am so, so sorry for you.


"24: Live Another Day: 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (#1.11)" (2014)
Mark Boudreau: I am not working for Russians! I thought Bauer was a traitor! I thought he was here to assassinate you. The Russians have been pushing us for four years to turn him over to them. So, yes, I... I... I forged your signature on the rendition order. I thought I was killing two birds with one stone.
President James Heller: I can't believe what you're telling me.
Mark Boudreau: Sir, as long as Jack Bauer is free, he is our political liability. I was trying to turn him into an asset. I was doing my job.
President James Heller: Your job?
Mark Boudreau: Mr. President, don't be so naïve. My job is to keep your hands clean. That means mine get dirty. I had no idea Anatol Stolnavich was working with Cheng.

President James Heller: Have you found Adrian Cross? Does he still have the override device?
Jack Bauer: Sir, Adrian Cross is dead, and the override device is gone, but I know who has it. Mr. President, you're not gonna believe this, but it's Cheng Zhi.
President James Heller: That's not possible.
Jack Bauer: I just heard a recording of his voice on a phone left behind by Chloe O'Brian.
President James Heller: Jack, Cheng was killed three years ago trying to escape from a Chinese prison. Our sources in China confirm that.
Jack Bauer: Mr. President, I thought so, too, but we were wrong. Sir, this man held me captive and tortured me for over a year and a half. I would never forget his voice. I promise you, it's him.


"24: Live Another Day: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (#1.6)" (2014)
President James Heller: Alastair, listen. Please do not deploy any military for at least an hour.
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: All right. But you'll keep me apprised of every development.
President James Heller: I will. And thank you.
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: Allowing a man with Jack Bauer's record to direct an operation... Maybe James is losing his mind after all.
Caroline Fowlds: I hope you don't think I'm speaking out of turn, PM, but should you be placing this kind of faith in his judgement? Especially in the light of his condition?
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: Get hold of Woodfeld at MI-5. I want to know exactly where Jack Bauer is going and who his contact is.

President James Heller: I have you on the speaker phone with Jack Bauer. He's got a play to find Margot Al-Harazi, but he needs to operate in the dark. No surveillance, no tracking of any kind. Do you understand?
Steve Navarro: I'm not sure I do, sir.
President James Heller: You are to give Jack Bauer whatever he needs, plus silence.
Jack Bauer: This is Jack. I'm gonna need a car; unmarked, civilian. Clean phone with a scrambled caller, field interrogation kit, and a small weapons package.
Steve Navarro: Fine. Jordan, you'll take care of that?
Jordan Reed: I'll send them right over.
Jack Bauer: You have an agent, Kate Morgan. I want her assigned to me.
Steve Navarro: I'm afraid I can't help you there. Agent Morgan's no longer on roster.
Jack Bauer: What are you talking about? Why?
Steve Navarro: She'd already been earmarked for transfer back to Langley. I only had her in the field provisionally.
President James Heller: Well, put her back in the field. Jack wants her, Jack needs her, Jack gets her.


"24: Day 6: 1:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. (#6.20)" (2007)
James Heller: You're cursed, Jack. Whatever you touch, one way or another, ends up dead.


"24: Live Another Day: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (#1.3)" (2014)
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: Mr. President. Handing over the pilot may have stopped some of the bleeding for a bit, but this morning's incident means that votes for this treaty are going to be very hard to obtain.
President James Heller: Will they hear me out?
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: Well, some MPs have walked out, but yes, they will. But I recommend you don't address them. They're a surly bunch today. It's gonna be a hell of a challenge to sway their minds.
President James Heller: I'm with Churchill on this one. "Having enemies means you've stood up for something."


"24: Day 4: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. (#4.1)" (2005)
James Heller: Oh, spare me your sixth grade Michael Moore logic.


"24: Day 5: 12:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. (#5.18)" (2006)
[to President Logan]
Secretary of Defense James Heller: I know what you did, I know what you're doing, and I'm here to put an end to it.


"24: Live Another Day: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (#1.1)" (2014)
Mark Boudreau: Mr. President? It was, um... It was Theodore Roosevelt.
President James Heller: Who?
Mark Boudreau: You said Franklin Roosevelt sailed the Great White Fleet around the world. It was Teddy.
President James Heller: Well, thank you, Mark. When you retire as my Chief of Staff, you're gonna have a real place on Jeopardy.
[chuckles, and says quietly]
President James Heller: Don't worry about me. That's an order.