That Pitt family! First Brad’s brother makes the news with a funny video, then his mom makes the news with a letter to the editor.
Let’s start with the mom. Brad Pitt‘s mother, Jane Pitt of Springfield, Missouri, wrote a letter to the Springfield News-Leader. Calling voting “a sacred privilege,” Pitt urges Christians to put aside their differences with the Mormon religion and vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (he’s a Mormon).
Why? Not because Mitt’s so hot, but because Mitt’s so not — NOT “Barrack Hussein Obama, a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”
She’s entitled to her opinion, even if her son is a big Hollywood movie star. Of course, President Obama does issue a proclamation every year about National Day of Prayer. “Did not hold a public ceremony” could mean just about anything, but it probably refers to the fact that President George W. Bush used to make a big show of National Prayer Day. President Obama does not.
Let Fox News fill you in, in typical Fox News fashion, from 2009. While reporting that President Obama did not hold a public ceremony, Fox News actually says he “did participate in the National Prayer Day breakfast.” It’s easy to forgive Jane Pitt when the news reports both X and not-X at the same time.
And while it’s certainly a lie to say President Obama “supports the killing of unborn babies,” Jane Pitt is almost correct when she says he supports same-sex marriage (technically Obama is no longer against same-sex marriage, which isn’t precisely the same as supporting it).
Ah, well, that’s politics! So let’s move on to something more entertaining, like this commercial endorsement by Missouri businessman Doug Pitt, Brad’s less-than-glamorous brother:
This version of Doug Pitt, while played for laughs, is apparently pretty close to the truth.