I think that (my character) President David Palmer was the voice of conscience on that series, and it was a mistake to take that voice away. Of course, as an actor, I'm happy that I can now work with Mamet.
There is definitely a certain cadence to David's work. And as you see more of the episodes, you'll see that his fingerprints are all over scripts and it really makes for entertaining dialogue, and they were awfully fun to say.
At every turn, for better or for worse, the producers sought to destroy these relationships [that Bauer had], and consequently turn the show into something that it didn't start out being. ... I think it makes for a weaker show.