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

Brad Pitt in the House


Photo Credit: Getty Images

(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. Gail in Texas

    Thanks to Brad and Angie for their concerns and actions regarding the "least of these". I'm a fan of theirs and proud of their humanitarian efforts and way of life.

    March 5, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Love Obama

    But I cannot stand Pelosi.
    Pits and his concubine need to get lost.

    March 5, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. G

    Good for you Brad and don't let the haters bring you down. Bunch of whiners who don't do anything for their own country but like to complain and critize others.

    March 5, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. sue

    Good work Mr. Pitt – you put your money where your mouth is.

    March 5, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. mariemarshall

    How about doing a piece about the Rockefeller Foundatiions gift to New Orleans in the form of funding 25 mid-career professionals who have come from all parts of the country to work on behalf of New Orleans! Some have left prestigious carreer positions and lowered their salaries to do it.

    March 5, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. dennisl59

    And he can't bother to button his top button on his shirt? What a MORON!!!

    March 5, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Paul Thompson

    Wow....Brad Pitt....Wow!

    I guess I can forget about the econony in the sewer now?

    March 5, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. wyzgirl

    I think Brad and Angelina both are doing get things for our country as well as other countries. The only thing people have against them is the moral issue of them being adulterers. Yes they did and thats over so just let it go.

    March 5, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. abc

    i agree with Indy on this city's flooding environment. maybe the federal government should examine to find better solutions for this location which is geographically challenged by hurricanes. like Holland, they developed new technology for flood prevention. if we have similar ability, we may even subcontract to other cities around the world that are in same situation. rebuilding NO is a tricky project. the new FEMA staffs with Homeland Security Secretary were there today and promised to rebuild with more effort. i say maybe relocating the people to higher ground and rebuild the "danger zone" with a different theme.
    politically, Mr. Jindal should start contributing more to rebuild than making funny speeches so he may have a better shot in when 2012 comes around, or the federal government will have the credit if they move faster than his team. action over words, time is ticking.

    March 5, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. New Orleans Native

    I am native New Orleanian, Katrina survivor and I proudly still call NEW ORLEANS home. New Orleanians commend Brad Pitt for the work he has done here. His Makeitright Foundation has built many homes in the Lower 9th Ward. He has also bought a home here and supports our city. He has not forgotten about us, as many in this nation have done. Over 100,000 homes have been destroyed here from Federal levee breaches due to Katrina's wrath. Our REBUILD is a Marathon, not a sprint! I hope none of you have to suffer through a natural disaster the magnitude of Katrina. She was the greatest natural disaster to hit this country and I am deeply offended by some of the posts in this forum. It saddens me to know my fellow countrymen feel this way about one of the oldest and most beloved cities in the United States.

    Additionally, I am also a proud registered DEMOCRAT. Louisiana may be a Red state. But, New Orleans is a BLUE city, so please educate yourselves. We have voted Democrat for many, many years in Presidential elections, including the last two! Lastly, I don't care for our governor, but his name is JINDAL..not Jingl.

    March 5, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. James in CA.

    Those on the right always have a lot to say about nothing. Yet are the first to complain when others make an effort to do something.

    Maybe those on the right should put more action into their meaningless complaints about others, who actually do put their words into action.

    Typical complain, with no action to show for it.

    Talk is cheap, action is priceless.

    March 5, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. lynn in NM

    Wow. Nancy is now at the top of the world (in no one's but her eyes) because she stood next to Brad Pitt. Oh, my goodness. That's much better than doing her job (especially when one is as ineffective as she is).

    March 5, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. Fritz

    Well I don't know about anyone else, but I'll sleep better knowing Brad Pitt stopped by the White House. What's next: a Led Zeppelin Reunion tour kicks -off in the Oval Office and rock's the House?

    Is Pitt there to talk about giving Americans his money or how he can make yet another photo-op? Yes, Brad, you're a great person and we all adore you.

    March 5, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Benjamin

    This is refreshing news, probably one of the best contributions that have come from private citizens to aid the victims of katrina. Brads program doesn't help the lower income residents of New Orleans. To buy his homes you need upper middle class salaries. However, he did satisfy a need for that area and I applaud him for that. If the Bush administration had not withdrawn the millions that was earmarked for levy repair, maybe the effects of katrina would have had different results. Good sensible Americans, regardless of party affilliation want this administration to succeed. They know it's good for the country. Job-loss, foreclosures, and the stress that accompanies this, has no preference for Republican or Democratic, black or white. However there are those who trumpet failure, without a clue to what the ramifications would be to our society. Think about what Brad Pitt has done, he's doing his part to help this country. What are you doing, shouting failure or supporting the USA??

    March 5, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. sandee in Portland

    Kudos to Brad for using some of the many millions he's made off movies to actually do some good in our country. Maybe some of the rich republicans should take a lesson from him.

    March 5, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. James in CA.

    You are damned if do and damned if you don’t. Why is it those on the right have no solutions; but have plenty to say about others who do give a damn? That’s the problem those on the right only think about themselves first. Party first, Country Last.

    Typical, for those on the right to moan and groan about others not doing enough, and yet they sit back, and do nothing, but complain about what others do, by making an effort to do something.

    It sure beats doing nothing, talk is cheap and actions speak louder, than meaningless words with no action, to back them up.

    March 5, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. James in CA.

    Why is it those on the right have no solutions; but have plenty to say about others who do care? That’s the problem those on the right only think about themselves first. Party first, Country Last.

    Typical, for those on the right to moan and groan about others not doing enough, and yet they sit back, and do nothing, but complain about what others do, by making an effort to do something.

    It sure beats doing nothing, talk is cheap and actions speak louder, than meaningless words with no action, to back them up.

    March 5, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. Uncle Jimbo

    ray ray you must be a moron –
    Here we have Brad Pitt doing what FEMA couldn't. Building sustainable, energy efficient housing, proving it can be done economically and not looking at the profit margin for himself.

    Brad will be remembered for being a good humanitarian for his efforts. A true American Patriot – who cares about his Countries direction, and it people. More then we could say for most people.

    March 5, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. gabby

    With all his money he can only help ONE place?? How about spreading some of that wealth to many other deserving families all over the US??.. And dude.. get a better suit! It look like the one you made your confirmation in, in 1975. It is sad state affairs for this country when a looser like Pitt gets a " big trip" to theWhite House.Perhaps they will take him back in France, or Germany or wherever he is hanging his hat these days.

    March 5, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Scotish Mama of Missouri

    Like Angelina and Brad have time for cheating?
    Jennifers is over it.
    I guess when Newt gonzo was publicly thrashing Clinton, while having an affair himself was repug. justice.
    All I can say those that live in glass houses....
    Judgement comes to us all and when you don't have a dog in the fight you throw the sink.

    March 5, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Perusing-through

    Mr. Brad Pitt,

    You have come a long ways baby. I'm proud of you!

    March 5, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Santa Maria

    Stock market down.
    GM about to fail.
    Taxes ready to grow astronomically.
    Iran readying for nuclear capabilities.
    Bailout pulling us further under.
    Obama handing rich people money faster than anybody has ever done.
    Could go on but I get bored easily...
    And what are the democrat usurper and his congress doing? Looking gamely into the eyes of Mr. Brad Pitt.
    Don't blame me...I voted for the qualified pair.

    March 5, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. Capt. SNarKy

    Ahhhh............... So if I become a Movie Star, then the president will actually listen to what I say.

    March 5, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. Terry, TX

    You know that's admirable..however..... how about Texas....I just went through Hurricane Ike in October. There has been nothing done for us...we still have Katrina refugees who don't want to work and are on welfare in Texas.

    However, Texas who have a larger coast and gets hit more times than the puny coast of Louisiana....

    Again I think we had 60 deaths....very low....why .....because when a storm hits we pick up our relatives and don't let them drown in their homes.....whey because they will die...., we board our houses....our mayors and counties coordinate the evacuations.... not the federal government....our people are the first after the storm with the feds coming behind them.... then we are own volunteers.

    If we had that moron Louisiana Mayor.... we would have shot him......what does Louisiana do......they re-elect him. I wouldn't give Louisiana a dime.....

    March 5, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. Texas Proud!

    TO: Mike (March 5 206 6:17 pm ET)

    Gosh, don't know why your posting struck me so funny, but it sure did.
    Hey, THANKS for the laugh. Good to laugh in these times, because if I'm not laughing I'm crying everytime our family takes a look at the 401-K.

    -"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
    government from wasting the labors of the people under the
    pretense of taking of them"'-
    -–Thomas Jefferson--

    March 5, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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