Harkin walks the populist walk, forces Pitt to converse with actual little people.
Thanks to an alert reader for bringing this to my attention.
From the National Journal Hotline:
Lost in the fizz of yesterday's Hill bedlam was a quiet visit paid to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) by actor Brad Pitt.
When Pitt's team first requested the meeting with the Iowa senator, they laid down some conditions: clear the office. Don't introduce Pitt to anyone. Don't talk about the visit ahead of time.
But we're told the senator didn't take kindly to being told what to do in the confines of his own office.
So when Pitt, sporting black hair and a bushy beard, showed up around 2:00 pm, every available member of the Harkin staff -- even if they were busy -- was arrayed around the office. Harkin proceeded to introduce them to Pitt, one by one. "He got the personal introduction, along with their function and everthing else," says someone who was there.
When they did manage to speak privately, Pitt and Harkin discussed Africa and trade issues.