The Note: Unity and Fraternity, Part III


President Bush and Vice President Cheney met with the Senate Republican Conference on Capitol Hill earlier today. ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports that following his 45-minute meeting, President Bush walked out to microphones and congratulated the House for passing detainee legislation and urged the Senate to do the same.

The President said we cannot forget that there is an enemy out there that is trying to kill Americans, and that this detainee legislation is one of the tools he needs to protect the American people. POTUS did not take any questions.

At 11:00 am ET, President Bush attends an energy briefing at the Hoover Public Safety Center in Hoover, AL. (Side Note: Hoover is the home of the Hoover Buccaneers, one of the top high school football teams in the nation, currently featured on the MTV show "Two a Days").

The President then campaigns for Gov. Bob Reilly's (R-AL) re-election campaign at 1:20 pm ET before raising money for Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) at a private residence at 6:00 pm ET in New Albany, OH

Rep. Pryce, the chair of the House Republican Conference who was quoted earlier this week saying, "There's nothing that Rahm Emanuel . . . would rather have than me as a trophy in his trophy case," has aired an ad in Ohio's 15th district, "Saving Lives," touting her record of having "stood up to her own party" on stem-cell research. LINK

According to a government report issued this morning, overall economic growth -- the gross domestic product -- during the April to June timeframe was a paltry 2.6%.

ABC News' Dan Arnall reports "that's significantly lower than the previous read and the widely held consensus estimate of 2.9%. It's a full 3% lower than the first quarter's speedy growth."

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus meet with Secretary of State Rice today at 9:30 am ET to discuss the crisis in Darfur, the continued work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the fight against HIV/AIDS. (The meeting is closed press, but there will be a photo spray at the top of it.) Members of the CBC plan to hold a 11:30 am ET press conference following the meeting.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) will address the DNC Women's Leadership Forum at 12:00 pm ET in Washington, DC.

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) will speak about national security at Johns Hopkins University at 8:30 am ET in Washington, DC.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) speaks at Catholic University in a symposium on "Roundtable on Religion in the Public Square" (Sep.28-29) at 1:30 pm ET in Washington, DC.

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) participate in the Center for Strategic and International Studies discussion entitled "The Current and Future State of U.S. Military Readiness" at 9:00 am ET in Washington, DC.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), Sen. Ed Kennedy (D-MA) attend a film screening of "The Motherhood Manifesto" hosted by at 5:00 pm ET in Washington, DC.

House Majority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) holds weekly on-camera press briefing at 10:30 am ET. On the other side of the aisle, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds weekly press conference at 10:45 am ET at the US Capitol.

Former President Jimmy Carter will speak to Nevada Democrats at 5:30 pm ET in Reno, NV.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) join an Americans United conference call at 1:15 pm ET on the minimum wage.

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