August 29th, 2008
03:28 PM ET

Anderson's View: Campaign and hurricane pick up speed

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Anderson Cooper

We weren't sure how to cover the third anniversary of Katrina.

I think I've said it before, but I'm not a big believer in anniversary broadcasts. They always seem a bit contrived...a bit treacly. Lots of somber music and video montages. I don't know how much attention this 3rd anniversary is going to get from newscasts. There is so much other news this week, and now John McCain has announced his vice presidential candidate.

We've broadcast from New Orleans on each of the anniversaries, of course, looking back...looking forward. All in all, I'm not sure how many times we've visited the gulf coast, I know we've done more than twenty broadcasts from there since the initial month we spent in the region after the storm. It's more than most, but not enough.

Much has improved, much work remains, and now Gustav is out there, growing stronger, getting faster, threatening all that has been done...all that is still undone.

It was strange to leave the euphoria of the convention and this morning board a flight to New Orleans. Sitting on the plane right now, talking with people returning home, there is concern about the levees, anxiety about their homes, but there is, resolve as well – resolve to face whatever may come.

We will broadcast from New Orleans tonight, a two hour live program. Most of it will be about politics. We'll go in depth on John McCain's selection and look closely at Barack Obama's speech last night. It was a soaring speech, but was he factual, was his rhetoric fair?

As always, we're checking the facts – keeping them honest. We'll also have the latest on Gustav, and whether or not New Orleans in ready. I will also have a reporter's notebook on the memories of Katrina, and all that we have witnessed these past three years. See you tonight from New Orleans.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Hurricane Katrina
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Rennae

    Please take a trip to Wasilla, Alaska so people can see how small, tacky, with no diversity and religious this place is.
    Please let people know that what she did for this town is bring in Walmart and Target.
    Please inform people about Palin for what she is a small town, small minded beauty queen.


    September 1, 2008 at 10:50 am |
  2. lucille pizzuto

    Anderson, .I live in Ft. Myers, FL. .for 13 years now but i am from St. Bernard, LA. ...After Katrina, I had 13 peoples living with me for 2 to 3 months. ...YOU kept us so informed for Katrina and we all really appreciated your dedication. ....Most of my family and husband's family lost everything. Husband lost his mother at St. Rita's Nursing Home. ....After 3 years family settled in scattered parts of LA., MS., some even rebuilt back in St. Bernard Psh. .......Now this is the eve of another terrific hurricane and we now have family in Houma that we are worried about. .... Anyway don't know what's in store but I do appreciate you and Now Rick Sanchez for covering extensively as you did for Katrina. .....
    Just one comment.....CNN needs to air Rick Sanchez's name much more while he is broadcasting even as i type this. He is also great but needs to be regconize better. Thanks, Lucille Pizzuto

    August 31, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  3. Dee - Rochester, NY

    One's word is his bond. Thanks for keeping yours about New Orleans. Stay safe.

    August 31, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  4. Julie San Diego, CA

    Everyone take care out there. The doctors and nurses who have volunteered to ride out the storm at Children's Hospital are some truly amazing people – as most doctors and nurses tend to be.

    I know there's going to be some sad stories – people who didn't get out, sad people returning to devastated homes – but I hope we get to hear more stories like the ones you've been printing on this website the last week – stories about good people who did quietly heroic things to help each other out through an unbelievably difficult experience.

    Take care out there and don't take any chances you don't need to take.

    We're praying for all of you.

    August 31, 2008 at 12:36 pm |
  5. JackieS


    Please be careful. Your coverage of Katrina made me a huge fan but please be careful.

    JackieS NJ

    August 31, 2008 at 3:21 am |
  6. Nikki


    Thanks for covering Katrina's 3rd anniversary. If you stopped covering New Orleans/Katrina, everyone would forget how New Orleans is still trying to re-build after 3 years (which is totally ridiculous). By you keeping this topic alive, you're sending everyone a reality check that even though we're excited about Obama and the 2008 Presidential Election. We failed. No one should ever have to leave a parent dead covered by a sheet or blanket. Ever.

    Keep up the excellent work. Without you those poor souls would be forgotten.


    August 30, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  7. Marguerite

    The best way for any of us to truly care for our fellow Americans is through our actions. The tragedies of Katrina and Rita were compounded by the wholesale incompetence of the local, state, and federal government agencies who were tasked to care for those affected by both storms. It is truly amazing that after three years, the different branches of government still cannot rebuild or properly care for those affected-but leave it to the charitable organizations and volunteers! Now a potential category 4 storm is coming ominously close to the same area, and all we hear from politicians is "We hope......that the levees hold, we are.....cautiously optomistic that we are prepared better, etc., etc." So many volunteers have worked so hard and given so much to help the good people of New Orleans rebuild their city. We all need to pick up a shovel and work, because we have seen what happens when re-building is left to the politicians. Talk is one thing, actions are another.

    August 30, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  8. Ariston, FL

    Hey- Good luck in Nola. I know the storm keeps getting stronger.

    Ariston, FL

    August 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
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