In a surprise event, Brad Pitt paid a visit to the White House yesterday for meetings with both President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders. The actor was in town to discuss his charity and green rebuilding efforts in New Orleans through the organization Make It Right NOLA. “I just want to say thank you to the Speaker for opening up her doors for us to come in and discuss the rebuilding effort, the current rebuilding effort going on in New Orleans and how we can expand this idea of affordability and sustainability, because we think we have a model that works,” he said. On Wednesday, Pitt also met with Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
Apparently, Pitt’s meeting with Obama was kept secret — an interesting decision, since the President’s meeting with George Clooney last week was made public well in advance. Once word got out, however, the White House went star crazy. From the AP,
The Power of Pitt drained entire congressional offices of their female employees and quite a few male aides as well, all of whom could be picked out by the way they suddenly appeared in the Senate’s doorways and halls, nonchalantly cupping cell phones and cameras at their sides and hanging around waiting news crews.
Hopefully, Pitt was able to get a few people to pay attention to his effort in ‘Nawlins. Make It Right officially opened several of its planned 150 green, sustainable homes in the Lower 9th Ward last December. The project has been a great success — and the overarching goal of the organization has always been to expand its model of sustainability to other areas in need. Fingers crossed that this administration will back the org to make that vision possible.
[Update: Video available after the jump!]