Capitol Goes Gaga for Pitt

Brad discusses New Orleans, lawmakers swoon
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2009 8:01 AM CST

(Newser) – Brad Pitt was in Washington yesterday for a serious reason, but the effect he had on lawmakers was not entirely professional, with many employees ditching their offices to nonchalantly hang out in the halls hoping to catch a glimpse of the superstar, AP reports. It wasn’t all fun and games, though: Pitt managed to snag a secret meeting with President Obama, a White House spokesman confirmed.

Even Nancy Pelosi, whom Pitt met with to discuss rebuilding New Orleans’ 9th Ward, was not impervious to Pitt’s charms: Meeting him gives her “bragging rights to my children and my grandchildren,” she said. Meanwhile, Pitt and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joked about ways of making Majority Whip Dick Durbin jealous—perhaps by arranging a meeting between Reid and Angelina Jolie.