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Brad Pitt Joe Biden Presidential Endorsement
Is there anything more prototypically American than a legendary American film star endorsing a presidential candidate during a baseball game? During Saturday night’s World Series game, baseball-loving Americans heard Brad Pitt’s dulcet tones wash over a campaign ad for Joe Biden, marking Pitt’s first official foray into the 2020 election. Pitt hailed Biden as the choice to represent “all Americans,” delivering an impassioned monologue about Biden’s ability to unite a fractured nation.
In the one-minute television spot, featuring footage of the Democratic candidate meeting, embracing, and laughing with Americans of varying ages and identities, Pitt speaks about Biden’s gift of empathy, as well as his power to unify Americans from all political backgrounds. His narration reads in full:
“America is a place for everyone—those who chose this county, those who fought for it—some Republicans, some Democrats, and most, just somewhere in between, all looking for the same thing: Someone who understands their hopes, their dreams, their pain, to listen, to bring people together. To get up every day and work to make life better for families like yours. To look you in the eye, treat you with respect, and tell you the truth. To work just as hard for the people who voted for him as those who didn’t. To be a president for all Americans.”
Pitt’s advocacy for Biden should come as no surprise to anyone following his trajectory of political activism. Though Pitt seems to choose his forays into politics judiciously, his word always carries heavy weight, as when he condemned Senate Republicans at the 2020 Oscars for stymieing testimony from John Bolton.
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“They told me I only had 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt riffed during his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor. Pitt also appeared as Dr. Anthony Fauci on Saturday Night Live, poking fun at the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pitt’s ad, titled “Make Life Better,” is the latest installment in an ongoing series of ads that the Biden campaign has aired during some of the priciest airtime on television. Each narrated by actors, including Pitt and Sam Elliott, the ads have aired during five NFL games, as well as each World Series game, with one World Series ad reportedly costing the Biden campaign $4 million. Seems there’s truly no better time for Pitt and Biden to make their case to Americans than during that most American of pastimes: beached out on the couch, taking in a sports game, inhaling a bag of Cheetos.
Adrienne Westenfeld is a writer and editor at Esquire, where she covers books and culture.
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