How come no one ever stops for a bite to eat or needs to spend a penny? Sorry...real question Mike Novak is David Palmer's right hand man in Season 1 and has been for x number of years previous to that. In season 2 he is chief of staff for David Palmer. In season 4 & 5 he is right hand man to the president that belongs to the political party in opposition to David Palmer in season 3. Did I miss an explanation to his apparent change in political loyalties at some stage?