March 6th, 2009
05:00 AM ET
5 years ago

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. shame on Bush

    take care of New Orleans

    he only took care of Republican states, now is a chance to go back and help

    what a nightmare Bush is and was

    March 5, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. C W

    Ray Ray: Give me a break! Brad Pitt is not dictating anything – he's using his celebrity status to call attention to a situation he cares about and wants to help. Ditto for George Clooney.

    And all you blasting Pelosi – you just don't like her because she's a woman. Otherwise, why don't you list some details about her policies you don't agree with.

    But, wait, that would require some actual thought on your part!

    March 5, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Shirley in California

    I don't believe in treating celebrities or rich people ANY DIFFERENT-but this is for a good cause. I hope many people benefit from it.

    March 5, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. mimi

    It's pretty sad when a movie star has to show government how to help destitute people. Bush sure didn't have a clue !!!

    March 5, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Public is on Obama Kool Aid

    I'm sure Brad Pitt is a great role model for out of touch liberals.

    March 5, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Adam

    Nancy Pelosi stared at Brad Pitt with wide-eyed amazement...but that's because she ALWAYS looks like that.

    March 5, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Proud American

    No Incumbents 2010 March 5th, 2009 5:39 pm ET

    When are you coming to Texas to build homes after Ike. Oops my bad helping poor white people isn't as good for publicity.
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    Your a complete Moron and it looks like you need more than a home rebulit. What difference does color, gender or anything else have to do with NEED. Texas should have Idiots like you spaded.

    March 5, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Darko

    Isn't it sad that ONE PERSON

    March 5, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. Darko

    It's sad that ONE PERSON has done more for that New Orleans neighborhood than the ENTIRE government with 1/0000th of the money.

    THIS!, is why you shouldn't want the govt spending your money for you.

    March 5, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Shirley in California

    Say what you want about Nancy Pelosi and (much of it is true) but she is always dressed appropriate. I wish she would sit with Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Cindy McCain and Jill Biden. They could ALL benefit from it.

    March 5, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. fearful for my country

    I am so disappointed in Brad Pitt for giving this crazy woman a minute of his time. Brad and Angelina have always been my heros in all that they do for charity but how can they not see the monster in this woman?

    March 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. yoyolite

    It's amazing how people can find a negative thing to say about a person who has donated so much time and energy to help those in dire need. This world is definitely sinical and depraved. Forget about wether you are a democrat or a republican, think of yourself as a human being. If you had the resource would you too be helping your fellow AMERICAN. Let get rid of all the get bull and get AMERICA back on track.

    March 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Darko

    News flash – Jindal Inherited a democrat governors mess and is still fighting against the democratic hell hole that is new orleans city hall.

    Also. Jindal does not run FEMA.

    March 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. arithmetic is liberal

    So...

    Have a single one of you naysayers bothered to research what exactly the Make It Right foundation is doing?

    Because it's exactly the kind of anti-socialist charity you people champion over the government coming to people's aide.

    But it's poor people and minorities he's helping so I guess he's just another Hollyweird wacko...

    March 5, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. mike

    Why?........Why are we interested in what this guy has to say?..We already know he's a toady for obamy....Pitts!.. just give your money to the corrupt UN and be done with it...without fanfare...without public attention...ahhh...enuff said...let's see if the moderator will scratch this off the board....

    March 5, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. K3ndall

    anyone with internet can see what Mr. Pitt has done for the City of New Orleans, and can imagine how many hours he put in for the housing project for low income citizens. What stuck out to me is what to do while on the hill.
    If your not a politician on the hill with a big plan, do the smart thing. Shut up and listen, speak on the focus points only. Smart move Brad Pitt, Smart move

    March 5, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Dave

    Who cares about Hollywood stars? Most of them are complete nuts who have little understanding of how most of us live.

    March 5, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Dylan from Minneapolis

    Unlike Heston who held an NRA protest after the Columbine massacre, Pitt is trying to help those who's government forgot about them. These are AMERICANS that don't have homes, jobs or meals to eat. What souless creatures are you? Just because you've lived selfish depressing lives, don't judge those who trying to be selfless in helping others.

    March 5, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Cali Girl

    Had It March 5th, 2009 5:39 pm ET

    Wow – I'm old, but I'm not dead. He is one fine looking young man !
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    Yes, he certainly looks yummy ;-)

    March 5, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. Jonathan

    I am surprised they did not mention that they are distant cousins. However, actors like Matt Damon did a lot more for Obama than Brad Pitt.

    March 5, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. Cali Girl

    joey from sd March 5th, 2009 5:39 pm ET

    Dont forget all of Brad Pitt and Angelinas infedelities also.
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    And who are you, Mr. Self-righteous.

    March 5, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    I would like to ask all the haters one question: what have YOU done for your country lately (if EVER)?

    March 5, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Cali Girl

    chuckles199 March 5th, 2009 5:57 pm ET

    PITT is a professional con-man who like OBAMA reads lines that other people write for him.
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    And what have you done for yor fellow Americans chuckles?

    March 5, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. DX in TX

    The simple fact that many of you have something negative to say about a person who is doing what we were placed here to do and that's help others is....shocking, but not surprising. Most of you are a product of the Jerry Springer era, lying Republicans and let us not forget Rush Limp-wrist.
    You guys should really stop the hate...
    Obama/Biden
    2008/2012

    March 5, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Debby

    The beauty and the beast. Can you guess which one.hahaha

    March 5, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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