Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Keeping the Faith
President Obama ended his North Carolina vacation by meeting and praying with evangelist Billy Graham for the first time. Graham has counseled all presidents since Dwight D. Eisenhower. The meeting lasted 30 minutes and a White House spokesman said President Obama was "extraordinarily gratified that [Graham] took time to meet with him."
The 91-year-old pastor's son, Franklin, was also present during the meeting. We told you last week in The Grapevine that the Army rescinded an invitation for the younger Graham to speak at a Pentagon prayer service, citing what it said were his inappropriate comments about Islam.
Franklin Graham said he and the president spoke briefly about the matter. He says he told President Obama activists with an agenda were trying to pull all religion out of the military. Graham said, "I wanted to make him aware of that. He said he would look into it."
The artist behind the iconic Obama "Hope" poster that was used throughout the 2008 presidential election says his hope in the president has been shaken.
Shepard Fairey tells a New York TV station he hasn't been wowed by what's happened in Washington: "Obama is... trying to do a good job. But I have to grade the whole thing on a curve because the two-party system to me is not yielding the results I want to see."
Former President George W. Bush has maintained a relatively low-profile since leaving office. But the publisher of his upcoming memoir says the former president's absence from the national stage is because "he has spent almost every day writing 'Decision Points,' a strikingly personal and candid account revealing how and why he made the defining decisions in his consequential presidency and personal life."
The book is scheduled to be published November 9, one week after the mid-term elections.
E.T. Stay Home
British physicist Stephen Hawking thinks extraterrestrial aliens are almost certain to exist, but that trying to contact them is a little too risky.
Hawking says, "I imagine they might exist in massive ships — having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads — looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach."
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.
Bret Baier currently serves as FOX News Channel's (FNC) chief political anchor and anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier(weeknights at 6-7PM/ET), the highest-rated cable news program in its timeslot and consistently one of the top five shows in cable news. Based in Washington, DC, he joined the network in 1998 as the first reporter in the Atlanta bureau.