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Brad Pitt appeared on the Today show this morning, sharing the revelation that having kids is more rewarding than painting a picture. He had more pressing, noteworthy thoughts, as well.

Pitt led Ann Curry around a tour of New Orleans on Monday’s show to discuss the storm’s aftermath, his new role as dad, and, of course, burping.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: A Picture
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“I’m baffled because the people here on the ground have not gotten the money yet. They have not received restitution,” says Pitt, 42, who called the destruction “staggering” and “unsettling.”

“Imagine going through the trauma of this, of watching everything you own be swept away, maybe loss of life, and then sitting in this limbo for a year. Wanting to get your life back. But not knowing whether it’s even possible.”

Earlier this year, the gorgeous actor showed his angry side when he joined the non-profit group, Global Green, in sponsoring an architectural competition to design a 12-unit apartment complex in New Orleans. The contest drew 3,000 registrants from all over the world; it’s currently narrowed down to six finalists.

Why is Pitt now giving back now? He credits the three children he has with Angelina Jolie as inspiration. She ain’t too shabby, either.

“Man, I got kids now. And it really changes your perspective on the world. And, you know, I’ve had my day. I’ve had my day. I made some films and I’ve really had a very fortunate life. And it’s time for me to share that a bit.”

In case you haven’t heard, Pitt’s daughter, Shiloh, was born May 27 and he adopted Jolie’s children, Maddox, 4, Zahara, 1, last January.

“[Having children] completely changes your perspective. And certainly takes the focus off yourself, which I’m really grateful for,” he laughed. “I’m so tired of thinking about myself. I’m kinda sick of myself.

“You know, you can write a book, you can make a movie, you can draw, paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever taken on. And, man, if I can get a burp out of that, that little thing, I’ll feel such a sense of accomplishment.”

We hear that’s the same way Britney feels about K-Fed.