March 6th, 2009
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Brad Pitt in the House

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(CNN) –- Actor and sustainable housing advocate Brad Pitt brought his pitch to the nation’s capital Thursday, meeting with President Obama at the White House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill.

Watch: Brad Pitt visits Capitol Hill

After a brief stop by the executive mansion to meet with the president and his climate czar, Pitt met with Pelosi in her Capitol office to share details of his charity housing efforts in New Orleans.

One thing’s for sure: policy conferences on the Hill don’t usually pull out a crowd like this.

A throng of giggling fans, mostly female, gathered to catch a glimpse of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" star as he posed for pictures following their meeting.

Pelosi hailed Pitt’s work for the city of New Orleans as a “model for the nation.”

“It really is an honor to have him here and I know for some of my staff, and for bragging rights for my children and grandchildren, a real treat for me as well,” she said.

Pelosi, posing with Pitt and South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn at the congressional photo-op following their meeting, said the actor had been telling her about how the homes his foundation has built built to a "green standard," with utility bills of less than $10 a month.

"It's possible," said Pitt.

The actor’s foundation, "Make it Right," works to construct sustainable housing for low-income residents in New Orleans who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. Launched in 2007, Pitt's project focuses on NOLA's Lower Ninth Ward, a region ravaged by the 2005 hurricane. Pitt shares a home in the French Quarter with his girlfriend, actress Angelina Jolie.

“I just want to say thank you to the Speaker for opening up the doors for us to come in and discuss the rebuilding efforts, the current rebuilding efforts going on in New Orleans, and to how we can expand this idea of affordability and sustainability which we think we have a model that works," Pitt said, amid a flurry of camera flashes.

Pitt’s companion Angelina Jolie was also in Washington Thursday, shooting scenes for her upcoming film, “Salt.”

soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Sniffme

    She makes me want to vomit.....

    March 5, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. KC

    She is full of crap.

    March 5, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. ray ray

    George Clooney calling the shots for US involvement in Darfur.

    Brad Pitt dictating Domestic policy for New Orleans.

    Perhaps Matt Damon could be in charge of the CIA since he DID the Bourne Identity movies??

    THIS is what America gets when you let a con-man into the White House.... Hollyweird calling the shots.

    March 5, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Had It

    Wow – I'm old, but I'm not dead. He is one fine looking young man !

    March 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. No Incumbents 2010

    When are you coming to Texas to build homes after Ike. Oops my bad helping poor white people isn't as good for publicity.

    March 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. joey from sd

    Brad Pitt needs to stay out of politics. His family is a disgrace to the nation. Why not adopt kids from your own country that need help? We have starving children too ya know. Don't forgot, Angelina is such a great role model though, I mean, look at Octo-mom.

    March 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Freed_From_W

    And 'Celebrity'-laced comments from redneck GOP'ers in 3...2...1....

    March 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. joey from sd

    Dont forget all of Brad Pitt and Angelinas infedelities also.

    March 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. HelloooOOOOO

    I'm much more interested in listening to someone like brad Pitt, who IS actually building these green homes, had the knowledge of those plans to share with congress, and get on with the rebuilding of not only Louisiana but ALL homes destroyed in all disasters..smart man...listen up congress....

    March 5, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    Pitt visits the Barackstar!

    March 5, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. cheryl brooks from cali

    Good for You Brad... Kudos you're so committed to helping others, may God continue to bless you and your family.

    March 5, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. ~~ July ~~

    His foundation, "Make it Right," has done more for NOLA's Lower Ninth Ward then Jindal has done for the whole state.

    Good going MR. Brad Pitt.

    March 5, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. B

    Whoopi Doo! I guess him and obama are going to do a photo shoot together uh? It was nice of Angelina to let him go and play with the boys at the White House.

    March 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. FreeNLovIt

    Brad, do you have another brother?

    March 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Linda in MS

    Many thanks to both Brad and Angelina for their help and support to rebuild in the Lower Ninth Ward, and for choosing to live in New Orleans. We on the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast not only appreciate all that Brad is doing, we are truly grateful for all of the help so unselfishly given by so many good people, from. all walks of life, and all religious denominations. I honestly don't think we would have made it without them. While Hurricane Katrina was horrible, it really proved how kind anf generous the American people can be.

    March 5, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Jeannette American via Toronto

    Private citizens did more than the Bush, Cheney, Rush, GOP did for them!
    Canadians actually went down faster to help than The Neo Con GOP Government at the Time!

    March 5, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Theresa

    I am delighted to see all those who are supporting the health care reform, I think those are non partisans who understand you can agree and disagree, As far as the republicans, it is sad to think that they are living in a much earlier time when we did not reconize prejudices coming in the form or discrete and indescrete. I think the replublicans are very ANGRY!! that a black is president. Their behavior is non other than that and the fact that none of them could actuall say they do not want Obama do failis because they really do want him to feel. Not because they feel his plan will not work they are prejedice replubicans who think that intelligent African Americans can not see the hate that stands out against this black president. We may not write into you blogs and voice it on the media , but we understand clearly why they opposed this mans ideas so strongly and grudgently

    March 5, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. phoenix86

    The Beefcake and the Bubble Head.

    March 5, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Little too late????

    Give Brad a cabinet post!!! HE is the next new DemacRAT face, right up there with Bono...

    March 5, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Rick

    Now there's a picture of the shallow end of the think tank.

    March 5, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Chris in Va.

    I'm sure on this giant globe there probably are persons who give a flaming rat's arse about Mr. Pitt and his Octomom look alike girlfriend's day to day movements and activities........ but i'm not one of them.

    March 5, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. Bayousara

    This is a worthy project. Brad Pitt and his group should be commended.

    However, I don't know if it is a good idea to rebuild in the Ninth Ward. I have been there personally to see the devastation.

    It was far worse than I could have imagined. The area it covered went on for miles and miles in all directions.

    It can happen again.

    March 5, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. chuckles199

    PITT is a professional con-man who like OBAMA reads lines that other people write for him.

    March 5, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Otto

    Good for you Brad and keep up the good work. I'll leave it at that but helping those in need is a blessing.

    March 5, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Beverly, NYC

    Mr. Pitt, you can cease re-building New Orleans, according to Governor Jindal his state does need bailouts or socialism.

    March 5, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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