August 27th, 2009
11:00 PM ET

AC tweets from New Orleans

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Anderson is anchoring from New Orleans tonight where he’s talking to locals about what the city is like today, four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.

Some residents continue to face challenges as the Big Easy tries to rebuild. Anderson will also meet up with New Orleans native James Carville for a tour of the city.

@andersoncooper: From ac: just landed back in new orleans. Its great to be back here. Four years since katrina. I'm meeting up with James Carville shortly.

@andersoncooper: From ac: just finished shooting a tour around new orleans with james carville. Its great to see the growth in the life of the city!

Follow his tweets today here.

Program Note: Four years after Katrina, what is New Orleans like now? Some residents continue to face challenges as the Big Easy keeps trying to rebuild. Take a look at In Depth: After the Storm. And to learn about ways you can make a difference, visit Impact Your World.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Anderson Cooper • Hurricane Katrina • New Orleans
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Terry, TX

    Katrina victims....please.....come get the Katrina refugees from Texas....we still have them come and get them....still on the government tit....how about Hurricane Ike in Texas....where were you Anderson? I guess because us Texans pick up our relatives who live on the gulf coast and New Orleans leaves their people to die during a hurricane...we are overlooked. They knew the hurricane was coming and the mayor of Louisiana did nothing.....he should have been impeached and run out of town....but no.....he was reelected. Only in Louisiana. Enough of this story.

    August 28, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  2. Shannon Austin, Tx / twitter: lattecity

    Even though, you were only in New Orleans for just a day or so....You helped us remember. Soon, N.O. phoenix will rise again. Please, ..thank your 360 crew for the coverage of N.O. and elsewhere. You presents helps.

    August 28, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  3. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    The program from New Orleans last night was great, Anderson. I didn't know James Carville was originally from that area. I really like Mr. Carville as well as his wonderful wife Mary Matalin. I love listening to them agree or disagree when they are together doing a segment for CNN. They are the most interesting couple ever. I will definitely be watching again tonite.

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    August 28, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  4. valerie bergman

    I am so disgusted and dissapointed with your recent report on new orleans. After all the time you spent in our city you showed the same old tiered story and spent too much time with the guys on the west bank. I thought you would have something to say that was insightful and intelligent..... just more of the same.......I could have seen you piece on FOX.... Thanks for nothing, Valerie Bergman, New Orleans

    August 28, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  5. Marilyn

    Thank you Andy. can I call you Andy, I am so much more fun than the rude foul-mouthed red-hed comediene you've been seen with. Bring it on and let's go in the shadows and the dark side and do thingsof which are not to be spoken and ever investigated. It involves not sleeping and dangerous games with ropes and water...you get my drift. Thanks for the New Orleans coverage a great city and culture. Food and music maybe after I visit DC it's next. with 18 of 20 largest cities having home prices on the rise in last 2 months, maybe it will trickle (sorry-pun) into New Orleans. I just wish more resources and jobs into improving levees and hurricane protection and safety strategy.

    August 28, 2009 at 7:14 am |
  6. Joe .T.

    i watched your show tonight. And was shocked at the out right racism involved. not against blacks. But against the white gentlemen in the story. It seems that being white is a crime now in America. And if it was a group of black home owners there wouldn't be a story, because you and your team would not have been inclined to have anything to report.

    The entire world watched the citizens of the gulf coast lose their minds, regardless of race. and since Bush and his lackeys felt that New Orleans did not need any help, no national law enforcement was sent there right away. And there was nothing the local cops could do but watch thier city get torn apart by looters. And it is well documented who was doing the looting...

    Citizens had to take action. It was anarchy and you would have done the same. Can you reason with a man hell bent on doing the same for his family when he is trying to hurt or potentially hurt you or your family? I think you should stop doing reports like this. None of those men acted racist and you entire focus over and over again was that they were drunk? And if you want to get technical, the entire country is racist. not one single citizen is NOT a racist. When the day comes, if it ever does in this country, when the titles are dropped and we are all simply known as "Americans", then we will not have to worry about racism. The black gentlemen who stated "I think they were hunting blacks", needs to get a grip and try and be a better citizen and stop this obvious racist bashing.Slavery is over 200 years ago, its no longer a viable exscuse, nor does anyone "owe" any one else anything. Hundereds of "whites" helped free slaves and fought in one of the most violent and bloodiest wars in history to END slavery and free them.

    He would have done the exact same thing as would anyone else regardless of color.

    And Yes. I AM a black man in America. And I find this trend disturbing. Are we not supposed to be all advancing as one country? Until this stops. No progress will ever be made by anyone regardless of race.

    Please people grow up, have some personal accountability and stop this senseless need to whine and point fingers and act like a bunch of spoiled four year olds, and yes im talking to EVERY race involved.

    August 28, 2009 at 6:06 am |
  7. KIm

    Rainbows shine on you New Orleans !

    August 28, 2009 at 2:12 am |
  8. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Nice pictures from this city .There is a special sunshine on your face,that makes me clear,how happy and satisfied your are being back in your ciy New Orleans
    Have a good time there.

    August 28, 2009 at 1:57 am |
  9. Jack

    Giving those people slack for protecting their property while crack addict thugs were stealing New Orleans blind was quite the entertaining thing to watch. Too bad those so called "vigilantes" didn't cold cock that idiot.

    August 28, 2009 at 1:52 am |
  10. Todd

    I was in the military patrolling Algiers Point and the local area immediately following Hurricane Katrina. I remember seeing the Danish film crew there. They were driving everywhere filming many different things. Their statement that there were no military in the area is completely false. The film crew were supported by a group that was called Mayday USA. The group set up shop in a mosque not far from Algiers Point and were trying to hand out natural medications to the locals that stayed behind, even though there were medical clinics in the area that were set up by the military and other volunteers. We did have a few issues with the group, but nothing major. Two bus loads of Mayday USA supporters showed up and accused us of not doing all that we could to provide food and water to the residents. But when it was explained to them all of the services that were available they seemed relieved and we did not have any problems with them after that. There were many military patrols that were in the area, but there was still a problem of looting and crime. We could see many houses that were broken into, cars that were vandalized, the gas having been taken out of them. There were even reports in the Fisher Projects of a person shooting at repair crews trying to restore the phone lines in the area. We could not find the person, but it was not for lack of effort. It was bad, but all of the residents of Algiers Point that we encountered seemed level headed. We would see them drive around the area, seemingly patrolling their neighborhood, but when we stopped them and talked to them, they were unarmed.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:09 am |
  11. Carol

    Why do we not here anything about Slidell, Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and other gulf coast towns that were devastated by Katrina? Why does New Orleans get all the attention? I think a lot of people would be interested to hear about the progress in that area since the storm. I have friends in the Bay/Waveland area, where I lived 40 years ago, and they say that the area still looks very bad and not much progress. Can you please go there and report on these areas?

    August 27, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  12. Deb Witt

    Good to see the follow up on New Orleans.
    What about rebuilding the Hospitals, Drug Stores, and
    Grocery Stores?

    August 27, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  13. Maria

    I have all the tapes, starting when the hurricane hit, until the fiasco after and yes, they are CNN tapes. It was not the white population alone. Mostly African American went around looting and shooting, including at rescue helicopters. The pilot stated it was like Viet Name. White people were murdered. Black police looted – and yes, I have it on tape. What really happened in the Sports Dome? How many women were raped? How many murdered? Don't go racial on this, Anderson. You are totally unfair and I expected better of you.
    Maria San Diego

    August 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  14. Shirley Poole

    I just returned home to California after a 4 day visit to New Orleans. I visited the 9th ward and spoke with people and took lots of pictures of the still devastated areas. There is so much to still be done to make it right in New Orleans. I interviewed a husband and wife who lost their home and everything else they owned. They even lost their family dog. I also spoke with a person who's family is still living in the same home they had before Katrina even though it is not livable. I talked with contractors/foreman who are building the homes that Brad Pitt committed to having built. There is one home they are building that will float if ever there is another Hurricane of this calabra. It is really neat and I have pictures to share. Tell Anderson Cooper to contact me via my facebook for information.

    August 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  15. Dee Johnson

    I think someone needs to do an extensive investigation into the Mayors office to find out what has happened to all the millions that was given to rebuild NO and to help those who lost everything. We have never heard an accounting of the funds!!! Show us where every dime has gone, who is keeping tabs?????

    August 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Susan in NC

    Hello Anderson,
    My son went on a mission trip to the area this summer. Actually they stayed in Port Sulfur. They had a daily blog, containing photos of the work that had been completed and the work yet to be done. Such devastation to such a beautiful area!
    The teens in the group met the most warm and hospitable folks during their week stay. The homeowners really appreciated the extra hands and our teens walked away with a greater understanding of how important it is to help your fellow man.
    Thanks for keeping the world informed. May God bless you!

    Susan Ramsey
    Gastonia, NC

    August 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  17. catherine hidalgo

    hope you can get to mississippi . we watched you on cnn for days and daysafter katrina to see what had happen in no and ms. we lost everything we had just like everybody else. we arestill trying to build back four years later. we love our little town.we will get back.

    August 27, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  18. Cherisa

    It's been five years since my last trip to New Orleans – far too long. Thank heavens for all those helping rebuild and keeping the long road to recovery in the spotlight.

    August 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Anderson......
    Nice see you tweeting!!!! I am glad you are in New Orleans tonight and tomorrow. You are so cool anchor man and love yours! (You can follow me twitter, anytime!) Thank you for being there for me. Stay safe and be careful! HUGS!

    August 27, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  20. Annie Kate

    Glad you are in NOLA again – hope you can check in on Mr. Gettridge and his family and see if they are still there and how they are doing. Besides the rebuilding of the city how is the rebuilding of the levees going and how safe is NOLA from another Katrina? Would the levees break again? Looking forward to hearing about NOLA tonight and seeing the show.

    August 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  21. JC-Los Angeles

    Anderson, thanks for keeping New Orleans in the public's eye, you're always relevant.

    Any update on that kind, elderly man you met on the New Orlean's street? Any update on the whereabouts of the famed Brownie?

    August 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  22. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Hi yet again Anderson. I found the NOLA Pets puzzle. That was cute and yes quite fluffy enough. Thank You. Of course it took me all of 16 minutes and 14 seconds to get the little darlin' put together, but I'm not complaining mind you! Have a great time in New Orleans.

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    August 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  23. Laurie Dillard

    Dear Mr. Cooper:
    First, let me tell you that I read your dad's book, "Families," in 1977 and loved it. I started a correspondence with him and thought he was a wonderful person. I recently came across the book and looked it up on ABE books to see if there were any copies listed and the value. I found several signed copies of the book listed for sale. However, I did not see one like mine – Wyatt wrote almost a full page message on the front fly-leaf, including this line, "good books, like good lives, are made by finding (?) happy balance between tears and laughter." On the front pastedown he drew charming caricatures of you and your brother, Carter. I would love to keep the book, but am getting older and thought that if you do not have a copy with these drawings that you might like to have it. I would love to give it to you, but right now am living on social security and having a difficult time, so would be happy with any offer you would make me.

    Laurie Dillard
    Orlando, Florida

    August 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  24. Denise Irwin

    Anderson at least while your there New Orleans will get some attention.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  25. Denise Irwin

    Please show the PSA on texting and show it often. I cried when i saw it the first time. Today in traffic I began to text and the PSA came into my mind. I set the phone down. If it saves one life it is worth it. I figure 5 people died in the PSA one of them , a baby had just started their life.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  26. Sarah, Canterbury - UK


    Crab cakes for dinner !

    Will you have chance to show us around (just like you did at the Cape Coast Castle) ? Its really nice when we can see what your seeing, would be good to some before and now shots of where rebuilding has taken place.

    Have a great trip.

    Kind regards


    August 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  27. Jerry

    I was in Jackson, Ms when Katrina hit. It was the most horrible storm I've ever seen. I still cannot say it was as bad as New Orleans. I like what your doing to help the city.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  28. Kiara

    Hello Anderson, I think it is great that you are going back to New Orleans to check on the New Orleanians.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  29. Carlton Cousin

    I'm glad someone has decided to take concern on this matter. I hope progress will keep going steady. Thanks, and God bless.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  30. Winfield

    I am quite happy that you decided to do the story.Yeah.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  31. LDR

    People simply do not get it. The memories of Hurricane Katrina still terrorize those of us who lost everything. We will never get over this life changing event. Whole families were separated some were completely wiped away. Our good memories were lost and now it seems as though, our desire to rebuild memories is being stolen by politicians who are more like the charcters of " Animal Farm" than people who were our neighbors. Katrina was a "Devasting Happening" that scarred the emotions and psychic stimuli that we hold dear. Yes Katrina could have happened anywhere and the response would probably have been different. But for us here in New Orleans who lost more that just material objects, the governments response was at best inept. The book KATRINA: Eyes Have Not Seen, Ears Have Not Heard by Gavin Richard ,a student who attended Tulane University before and Southern University BR after Katrina , sums our plight up in one sentence;... a people whose government response is at best inept."

    August 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  32. Matthew

    Im glad you decided to do the story.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  33. Roxanne S Nevenner

    Remember the news items given to you about pink and black;
    the Anderson Cooper communications about eating popcorn and drinking a soda from a very large cup in the fall of 2006. Who contacted CNN at the time the reported said on the air "three times the calories" and who continued to give CNN information about the black and pink issues?

    Thank you,
    Roxanne Nevenner

    August 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  34. Natalie

    Hi Anderson

    It must be great to be back in NOLA, but probably pretty hot.

    It is hot here on Cape Cod.

    Are you going to doing anything fun? I hope so!

    August 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  35. Paula, Colorado

    It's great to see you are tweeting from New Orleans today. I hope you remain safe while you are there.
    It's hard to believe it's been four years since Hurricane Katrina. I was in Louisiana a few months before the storm. Before leaving, I found a few regional art photos to bring home to frame. Katrina happened about the time I got around to doing one. Rather than being just a memento of a trip, it has since been a constant remembrance–of the uniqueness of Louisiana, of what happened during those days, and of the loss and continued need to rebuild.
    Your reporting from New Orleans has always been exceptional. I'm looking forward to your live broadcast later.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  36. Barbara

    I like would like to express how I have felt when Ted Kennedy died...It was like you never thought of it ever happening... My Father voted for John F. Kennedy .. so we would take vacations discovering Washington DC.. One day we was watching a meeting between Robert Kennedy and Sam Ervin.. my dad ask me afterwards if I would like to go shake Bobby Kennedys hand.. with reporters pushing to get to him my dad touch him on the shoulder and ask if he would shake my hand...He said yes.. I never forgot that day. Later that afternoon saw Teddy Kennedy come up the hall. My dad stop and spoke with him.. I met him and talk with him briefly.. I am now 54 and all the last hero of my time have gone to meet their reward.. I can just seen Ted now running to meet Joe Jr. Robert and John and the other at the gate of heaven....

    August 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  37. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    This should be really good,but I would still like to see something fluffy after all this. My nerves just can't tkae, see what I mean?, take much more of these bad days wihtout just a little bit if fluffy. In the tradition of Disney please! Or should I just turn to the Disney Channel and be done with it? Whatever! I really do hope things are much better now in New Orleans.

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    August 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  38. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    I redeem what I said! AC is twiting ...

    August 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  39. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    But only a twitter!

    Anderson Cooper, you could twiting more!

    August 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  40. Omiete Idasma

    Affected natives of Katrina should be provided with relief materials and all basic social and infrastructural ameneties in order to put a smile on their faces.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Omiete Idasma

    Affected natives of Katrina should be provided with relief materials and all basic social ameneties in order to put a smile on their faces.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  42. Omiete Idasma

    Affected natives of Katrina should be provided with relief materials and all basic social ameneties in order to put a smile on their faces. The federal building department should also effect the massive re-construction of residential homes affected by the hurricane. Finally, social security scheme should be in place to alleviate the plight of the people.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  43. Dean

    I was forced to leave new orleans to chicago. Why does the country hate new orleans? You say 9-11 and sympathy, you say katrina/New Orleans and you get anger, out right hate. I have been told injob interviews "Good thing you left, that town should be leveled", "People know how to read in there"? "We shouldn't be helping a crappy town".

    We can save homes in california from fires, restore towns hit by tornadoes, but Americans won't save a CITY hit by huring, destroyed by a man-made and well predicted disaster.

    I find myself ashamed to be an american. And my one wish is to return to my home; a home where i can smell trumpet flowers and night blooming jasmine, hear a distant saxaphone, or the Caliope off the river, walk to the local grocery, have chicaory coffee and beinets at 3am.

    Now I am stuck in steel towers, stench of car exhaust, and self entitled people who are in a rush to get somewhere – and I doubt they know where that place is.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  44. Lilibeth

    Hi Anderson, I keep hearing that much progress has been made, but it depends on who you talk to. I commend the kid who said on your program a couple of days ago that the hurricane was a blessing because it forced his school to build from the ground up. What a profound statement he made. He saw the good in something so devastating. I continue to donate to New Orleans and wish that I can go there myself and help, but family and work obligations preclude me from doing so. I feel that my donations aren’t enough and that I need to be out there doing more. I struggle with this feeling a lot. Looking forward to your reports tonight.

    Edmonds, Washington

    August 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  45. Dave S, Tinley Park, IL

    Cool–glad you made it safely! Look forward to the update

    August 27, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  46. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    I am verry happy for you landed back in New Orleans.I think , what it means for you to go there,try to support this poeple.I hope you will have a good time there,and you will tell as truthful what really change there. Years ago bevor the storm, i visited as a German, New Orleans,my hotel was in French Quarter,i feel the spiret of this special city,and honest i have never forget it.A good expierience for me.
    So enjoy your time there,and a good coming back to N.Y.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  47. TK

    Thank you for not forgetting about us! Hopefully you find progress, even if it's not enough, it's something.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  48. Diana W

    dw: I am sure New Orleans is glad to have you back. You have shown a light when all there was in view was darkness. Keep the dream alive and God bless.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm |