March 6th, 2009
05:00 AM ET
14 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. Paul

    Should feel at home among the vampires. Ok, it's just a joke.

    March 5, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. Jill

    Having worked as a volunteer in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, I am thrilled that Brad Pitt is continuing his efforts to literally "make it right" down there. Despite the fact that I appreciate his efforts there, however, I really can't stand how stars are coming out en masse with all of their varying causes NOW.

    To me, it's frustrating because all of these causes could have been helped by them for the last couple of years, but they wouldnt work with DC because they didn't approve of the president. Now that they do, they care about causes enough to be seen on Capitol Hill. What happens to these people and these causes if Hollywood doesn't agree with the next president?

    Particularly irritating to me is Tobey Maguire, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher and their community service soapbox. Some of us were doing it all along, whether we agreed with the politics in DC or not. Now is not the time for pontificating, its a time to get out and do something.

    (I leave Brad Pitt out of this because he does his work under the radar scope no matter who's in office)

    March 5, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. Paul

    Proud American: SPADED? They do have dictionaries online.

    March 5, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. Nevada dude

    $10 utility bill?

    March 5, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. txsunshine

    I have nothing but praise for the good that Brad and Angelina have done. There always has to be people that are jealous of others because they can't be half the person they are complaining about.

    March 5, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. arithmetic is liberal

    Scotish Mama of Missouri March 5th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

    I have a question for Brad, How are you greening up the houses?

    The homes are LEED certified for building materials that both cause minimal environmental impact, are make from recycled material, and give off no volatile organic compounds. The homes are oriented for and installed with solar panels to provide energy that doesn't come from the local electrical grid. The houses are raised up above the worst of the flood plane for the next inevitable hurricane.

    Is Gov. Jingl fixing the levi correctly now? No, they're still vulnerable.
    Was that part of the Gov. Stimulus proposal? No, it's Pitt's private money.
    Was it part of his pork money? No.

    March 5, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Jill

    As someone who spent a year with AmeriCorps doing Gulf Coast recovery work and other community service around the country during the Bush years, it is frustrating for me to see celebrities coming out en masse pontificating about the importance of service. Where were they the past eight years?

    To me, it looks like they're only willing to work with DC and back causes as long as they approve of who is filling the chair in the Oval Office.

    March 5, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. MP

    It totally escapes me as to what makes Brad Pitt so irresistible to so many adoring people and all those gigling fans.

    But I live and let live; I don't judge. It just totally escapes me...

    March 5, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Bayousara

    Brad, marry your girlfriend and be a real role model as the father in a family.

    March 5, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. L Williams

    As someone else said, for all the haters posting here, How many of have actually done anything to help in New Orleans?? Have you ever been to New Orleans, and if so, how of you actually visited the 9th ward?

    Stop complaining and help your fellow citizens or better yet, leave the country if all you want to do is complain.

    March 5, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. bobscott

    who's Brad Pitt?

    March 5, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Expat American

    The American media veiled the devastation as much as they could the terrible human death toll and devastation after Katrina.
    International media sources offered much more in depth coverage of the disaster.

    President Bush and the Republicans really turned their backs on those who suffered and died in New Orleans. The lives of poor minorities don't matter to the GOP.

    It was sad lasting image.

    March 5, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Scotish Mama of Missouri

    cali girl
    At least Obama can read lines and not make up his own words
    Strategery. Think about it.

    March 5, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Gary

    Brad should be commended for his work.....Nancy Pelosi should be ashamed of herself for that crazy Democratic Pork spending when people in New Orleans have been struggling for several years. She is bankrupting our country and there will be no money to help with the relief effort if she is not kicked out of office soon.

    March 5, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. zigwig

    Calling Angelina Jolie his "girlfriend" is inappropriate. They are raising 6 children. In Canada, we have a better word: "partner". I don't understand why you don't use it much in the U.S. It works for married or co-habitating, gay or straight couples.

    March 5, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. TjayeInLA

    Dang...between Pres. Obama and Brad Pitt, the White House has NEVER had that much fine in it in one day.

    March 5, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. Russ H

    How come no one ever tells me about the idiot Nancy Pelosi. Someone needs to get rid of her and start our goverment over again with minds. If you want to be a congressman/woman or senator you need to be active and away from lobbyists. Maybe the start ought to be with getting rid of Wall Street and GM and put those monies toward our kids and their education. Futures need to be gone also. I do not see so much happening with the stimulus with Obama. I still will give him time because he cannot do any worse then Bush. I agree with KC, she is fulll of it and needs to be taken out of the picture. Actors need to stay out of the picture. They also make too much monies. Why don't these people adopt American kids? I feel sorry for kids all over the world and give monies here and there but we have a lot of starving kids here and need love also. Oh I forgot, stars have the monies and believe going overseas with their champaign and everything else makes them a better person.

    March 5, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. Jay

    Even when a person tries to do something good people will find something to complain about. I guess this is America.

    March 5, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. maddox

    Why doesn't Nobama spend his free time reading the stimulus bill he signed without reading instead of hanging with the reconstruction expert that Brad Pitt has become by acting in "Fight Club". Actually, Brad Pitt is more experienced than Nobama – he can act out his "script" without a teleprompter.

    March 5, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    I love it when someone rich enough to not care does anyway. The fact that having someone this rich actually care about the poor drives some crybaby Republicans crazy is just icing on the cake

    March 5, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. ALfred Hussein Neuman

    I'm glad to see BHO is spending his days getting advice from the Movie Stars who campaigned for him, while he ignores the falling stock market created by his policies that are destroying the savings of most Americans.

    March 5, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Becky

    I'd have more respect for Pitt's contribution to environmental factors if he didn't pollute so much by globe trotting around in private jets.

    March 5, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. Becky

    I'd have more respect for Pitt's contribution to environmental factors if he didn't pollute so much by globe trotting around in private jets.

    March 5, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. Independent

    Wow, doesn't get more shallow and stupid than this. Just another example of how easily americans are seduced by celebrity. Is pitt a good actor? Yes. Does his opinion mean anything more than mine or your own? No. But he certainly wants to capitalize on others suffering to increase his stature in the world (a billionaire building a few "sustainable" homes and then proclaiming, and promoting himself in the process, some type of radical breakthrough is anything but -sounds a lot like our self absorbed celebrity potus). Anyone who can't see through this insincerity probably didn't see through Obama's silky smooth (not to mention annoyingly condescending) but ultimately meaningless and empty rhetoric.

    March 5, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  25. linda from south dakota

    brad says it right,,MAKE IT WORK,,,,,,,,

    March 5, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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