4. David Palmer (“24”, played by Dennis Haysbert)
David Palmer, like his trusty counter-terrorism ace agent Jack Bauer, has been in plenty of tight squeezes and ticking clock situations. Through it all, he’s always made the right decisions, even when those decisions ended up sacrificing lots of people. And perhaps most impressive of all, he already proved he had stones when he shook off the shackles of his manipulative wife to become his own man. And anyways, if he ever ended up in another ticking clock situation involving Arab terrorists, his buddy Jack Bauer is always a phone call away. That’s the kind of Presidential “asset” you can’t beat.