Details on Obama's "The View" Appearance, Video Clip

Barack Obama: Brad Pitt 'Got the Better-Looking' Genes

Yep, Barack and Brad are indeed related.

"I guess we're ninth cousins removed or something," the Democratic presidential hopeful, 46, confirmed on The View Friday.

"I think he got the better-looking side of the gene pool," he added.

Barbara Walters then told Obama she thought he was "very sexy looking," according to video posted on

The interview took a serious turn when Obama was asked about the controversial remarks made by his pastor of 20 years, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. (Wright said that the U.S. was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.)

"Had the reverend not retired, and had he not acknowledged that what he said deeply offended people — and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country, for all its flaws — then I wouldn't have felt comfortable staying there at the church," he said.

Co-host Elisabeth Hasselback asked Obama if choosing Wright as his pastor showed a lack of judgment.

"I think he's saddened by what's happen, and I told him I feel badly that he has been characterized just in this way — and people haven't seen the broader aspect of him," Obama said.

As the race for the nomination heats up, he said he can take any punches Hillary Clinton may throw his way.

"You know, I'm pretty tough," he told Joy Behar "Look, I think the way to handle attacks ... is to answer honestly, swiftly, forcefully and truthfully.

"Truth is a powerful weapon."