Pitt Stops in D.C.: Activist Actor Starts at the Top
He started his morning at the White House, visiting with President Obama. Then into a private meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, before rounding out the afternoon in sit-downs with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Whip James Clyburn.
An enviable schedule for any foreign dignitary or corporate titan. But not a hard one, apparently, for Brad Pitt to pull off.
The Academy Award nominee and global heartthrob has kept a busy schedule in Washington while life partner Angelina Jolie films the CIA thriller "Salt." But what prompts the nation's leaders to clear spots on their daybooks for ... an actor?
He's "proven they're fully invested in a worthy cause," said an administration official, speaking of Pitt's easy access in D.C. alongside real estate millionaire Steve Bing, his partner in a project devoted to enviro-friendly redevelopment of New Orleans. "They dig into the details, they care about the policy, they want to see good results." The pair also met Wednesday with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
Some advocacy groups say they're far more likely to get face time with elected officials -- as opposed to senior staff -- if they have a celebrity face in tow. That's why you see more and more People magazine types in D.C. But not every star makes the cut: Pitt and Jolie put in years not just tending to humanitarian causes but cultivating an aura of credible seriousness. So for all your work on animal rights, sorry, Pam Anderson, you probably won't get that Pelosi photo op.
Jolie's day was a little quieter: The newly blond mom of six filmed what looked like a chase scene at the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue and nearby Metro station with co-star Liev Schreiber.
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