August 27th, 2009
10:56 PM ET

Photo Gallery: AC and James Carville tour New Orleans


Anderson is anchoring from New Orleans tonight where he reports on how locals are coping four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. Some residents continue to face challenges as the Big Easy keeps trying to rebuild. Earlier today, Anderson met up with CNN Political Contributor and New Orleans native James Carville for a tour of the city. Check out this photo gallery of where they stopped.

Anderson and James Carville sit down at a Pascal Manale's restaurant in New Orleans.

Anderson meets a New Orleans resident who tells him she's glad he came back and shares her own story.

Outside of Pascal Manale's restaurant.

Anderson and James Carville make a stop at Freret Street Gym.

Inside Freret Street Gym, James Carville shows Anderson how high the water rose during Hurricane Katrina.

A close-up of the water line inside Freret Street Gym.

Inside Freret Street Gym, Anderson talks to the president of Loyola University New Orleans, Rev. Kevin Wildes.

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.

soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Terry, TX

    James Carville.....CNN hasn't dumped him yet.....that would probably tick off Rahm Emmanuel....did he get phone call authorization from the White House to go with Anderson.

    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 9:40 am |
  2. Susan Rice, NOLA

    Great report last night. It's nice to know that JC moved home. I'm constantly meeting people that moved here since the storm. I find this very reassuring and exciting. I know this town in special. I think NOLA is coming back strong. Also, JC for mayor!!

    August 28, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  3. Walter

    There is another sad element to the Katrina story. In the aftermath New Orleans got all the attention. To this day the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been virtually ignored. Not since the coming of Hurricane Camille has such a level of destruction been seen. Driving through parts of the coast today have not changed since the storm hit.

    Katrina's eye made landfall at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and virtually wiped everything away. Where was the media when they needed help?

    August 28, 2009 at 5:40 am |
  4. novella

    What was the name of the band plying on AC360 in New Orleans thursday night?

    August 28, 2009 at 4:00 am |
  5. cody

    who was the featured band on the street with Anderson?.....great....music available somewhere?...thx.....

    August 28, 2009 at 3:11 am |
  6. Christopher Porche West

    New Orleans: CNN = Cursory, almost minstrel-like coverage. Your selection of spokespersons continues the tradition of the flaw driven exercise of combing the views of respondent s with regretfully non-affinity roles before and after the storm. It is never heartening to watch as you carve storytellers of the shallow and mundane.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:04 am |
  7. Dr.Sayini Devarajan

    How does one live with not knowing for so long what happened to a beloved ? How many more are lost and will never be found?
    I recently heard a reporter on a national news network refer to one of the hardest hit areas of New Orleans as "ward Nine." ( Its The Ninth Ward).He went on to explain that it was a residential area, made up of lower to moderate income families who lived in modest homes. After he gave this rather non-descript view of the area, he said it may have to become a flood plane to protect the rest of the city. Greater minds than mine will figure this all out!

    Further down Claiborne Ave ,greater the destruction. In the The Ninth Ward, we see houses off their foundations, piles of furniture, sheetrock, and personal belongings in the front yards. Pieces of destroyed lives everywhere. Evidence of happier times with families, yet no living souls. It was the quiet that hurt the most. No people, no pets, no children. No lives, just evidence of what was once a thriving neighborhood now gone. Its going deeper Into the Abyss..

    August 28, 2009 at 2:45 am |
  8. Billy Green

    Welcome back to New Orleans Anderson,
    My wife and I lost our first home to a fire in 2000, july 15th to be exact. WE were pregnant and ready for our first child. This turned our world upside down and left a mark on our lives we will never forget.
    We bought our second home in september 2000, due to the loss we took on our first home, we bought the worst home in a very nice nieghborhood, a fixer-upper(SHOOT ME). We worked on this home with all our hearts, sweat equity, until 8-29-05, KATRINA and my daughters 5th birthday.
    Through alot of effort and hard work, we have just orderd our first new couch EVER, bed room suit, new carpet, the whole package, we have waited a long time for this day and payed our dues!!!!
    On August 10th, we found out that we were sold TOXIC chinese sheet rock/drywall. We went from the highest high to depresion in one breath. My wife and I are completly in shock as we are living with our children in our driveway of our new home !!!! What the hell, our lawyer said we can't even go in and tear out the bad sheetrock until maybe early next summer and that we need to get another mortgage on our home so we will be able to work on it when the time comes. Meanwhile we went from owning our home one day to being forced to move out, get a mortgage, and find somewhere to rent all in 2 weeks. Can anyone please explain how this was able to happen.
    Most people go thru their whole lives without 1 of these things happen to them, when will it stop?
    My wife looked up at me the other night and said ,"maybe we aren't ment to own a nice home", With that she broke my heart and maid me mad as hell. My daughter will be 9 on this anniversary of katrina and we will be singing Happy birthday in our driveway, looking at our home!

    August 28, 2009 at 2:09 am |
  9. Marilyn Harrison

    God Bless You James and Anderson though the news has mainly dwelt on Ted Kennedy today he would be proud of you two in New Orleans and all the good work you are trying to do down there. I have been lucky enough to travel down there in the last 3 years and NOLA is coming back! People like you will bring it back it is such a beautiful part of our country . The people and culture must be saved!!! Thank you Brad Pitt Too!!!

    August 28, 2009 at 2:04 am |
  10. KIm

    Many gifts of joy to see after so much tragedy. Love the band ! Crank it up and keep rocking ! That's team up American action happening !

    August 28, 2009 at 1:50 am |
  11. Lisa

    This was a great report! However, I was kind of dissappointed in the show as a whole. The coverage was done very well, but it didn't get to New Orleans until half the show was over. It was really unnecessary to make the found white girl story the lead story, and then spent so much time on it. AC360 is supposed to be the serious news show in it's competition, this was too tabloidy. (I wont stop watching, of course, but you can do better.)

    August 28, 2009 at 1:49 am |
  12. rosemaryparsegian

    It's obvious that Jaycee was tired of living the lifestyle as a prisoner of these people and in their backyard. But I am sure her big motivation was getting her two children out of this situation. It is just a terrible tradegy that it took eighteen years to surface again. But by the grace of god she is still alive and by his miracle things can someday be normal for all of them again. They and their family need all of our prayer. And may the kidnappers rot in prison forever! They are scum!

    August 28, 2009 at 1:22 am |
  13. NadineinCA

    This is why I love Anderson Cooper. He remembers the forgotten. Keep up the great work. Thanks for sharing the images as well.

    August 28, 2009 at 1:18 am |
  14. Steve

    Tell the truth, this guy killed a woman, probably drunk and got away with it due to his money and name. You the news media have a greater responsiblity to the public to praise the devil would be just as stupid. The President of the US to call him a great leader, he was nothing but a criminal that did not do the time.
    All of you in the news media are terrible for allowing this falsehood to be presented to the public.
    The truth is the truth and nothing he could ever do could give that poor woman her life back or justice. The Kennedys speak of justice but they only want it when it fits there needs, what a joke.

    August 28, 2009 at 1:03 am |
  15. Jason

    I planned on typing a shortened sketch of what has happened in New Orleans, especially in the past 4 years. This great city, and it could be an unbelievable place to live, has gone down the drain. I lived there, even during the time of Katrina. I evacuated. I came back. Nothing has changed. It's still the same old place. And it's an absolute shame that the people of New Orleans are allowing the brutality of their city. It's not safe! And the efforts to re-build New Orleans may be growing slowly. But with all the problems, who is going to want to come back. I, whole-heartedly, will not, until changes are made to make New Orleans a safer, cleaner city.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:55 am |
  16. Joseph Edgecombe

    NOLA has a lot of potential, the best is yet to come...the turtle is bound to win..always

    August 28, 2009 at 12:44 am |
  17. Linda Johnson


    I am a grandmother who buried my grandson on May 9, 2009 due to he was gunned down by a 17 years old male from New Orealeans here in Houston, Texas. Now, I am requesting anyone who wish to donoate to his Head Stone send in money to me.
    I am accepting from $5.00 up for this project. My grandson is buried at Memorial Garden in Pearland, Texas. People can send this money to P.O.Box 310905 Houston, Texas 77231.
    I hope that you will help me due to the Texas Crime Victim refused to pay me for his personal property that was a cell phone, clothing he was wearing when he was killed. I wanted to take this money and purschase his Head Stone and this Case Manager Renee Answar knew that. Please help me if you can it is hard for me to accept his death.
    These young males from New Oreleans was just on a rampage killing so many young males off Fondren for unknown reason. My grandson did not even know his killer. This person killed him for no given reason. It was fun and game just to kill. Why would these people who was affected by this Hurricane attempt to get their lives together build back up their community and thank God for being alive. No, they in turn wants to live on FEMA forever and just to sorry for anything.
    I am a 59 year old female that always was to prove to ask for anyone to help me. I worked three jobs at one time. I am a disable nurse. I worked a 40 hours job Mon-Friday; then worked on weekend and worked another job when I would leave my date time job. I was once on Welfare and went back to school then college. I wanted to make my life better and I did. But after I got sick I had to stop working and this has been very hard due to my income is limited.
    When people are young adults you can change and get your life in order and make a change for the better. Stop feeling down and sad and start making short terms goals and you will accomplish them if you are true to yourself.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:30 am |
  18. Judy Bell

    Dear Anderson,
    I am a huge supporter of New Orleans and Galveston and I
    am so happy that you have not forgotten them on national TV.
    My husband and I are aged (74 and 69) but we go to Galveston
    to spend our money with the most wonderful folks that have risen
    from the water. No one could be more polite and friendlier. Our
    youngest son is in Iraq for the third time and I believe we will
    spend our Xmas in New Orleans, as we did before Katrina. We
    live in Houston and we were hurt by Katrina and Ike, but not like the
    Gulf Coast. Your dogged attention to this is so important.
    p.s. I have always adored your mother and read all her books
    and had to steal a book from the library to get the one I lost
    (on collages). It cost me $35 to pay the library back and I could
    not care less. I am now the president of the Friends of the Library.
    I also have a love/hate relatiionship with Housewifes of Atlanta.
    How screwed up can I be to watch it?

    August 28, 2009 at 12:26 am |
  19. Kendra

    I was very happy to hear James Carville say "New Orleans is not just a city, it's a culture with it's own unique..." everything. Looking good, Shamarr! I have been working to promote cultural complex awareness to "outsiders" who are struggling with the very idea that was also expressed by Carville..."we don't want to be Atlanta" or any of those other places. I really enjoyed this segment, especially since it was in my neighborhood. How can I get a copy?

    August 28, 2009 at 12:20 am |

    Thanks for your support. My great city will be better off in the future! The last thing that we need, is a comment from Douglas Brinkley. Tell him that he can keep his "Sale Out A_ _" out of here. He left us, and we dont need him. Stay away-coward!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2009 at 12:10 am |
  21. David

    James Caville began speaking of NOL vulnerablities, as well as his trip to the Netherlands.
    Right after Katerina, I wrote to the Time Picayune and others
    about why NOL leaders do not accept the gesture of the Netherlanders to assist and advise NOL regarding their high risk flooding potentials. The Corps of Engineers are capable people, however they do not have the experience compared to the Dutch.
    And I would remind that in improving the NOL flooding protection, it is not necessary to REINVENT THE WHEEL.
    Houses and buildings are being renewed, but nothing new or any sweeping changes of flood construction to protect NOL from future storms.
    Our friends, the Netherlanders, have 100s of years experience floods by their long and ongoing fight to keep their lands free of the North Sea.
    Maybe it is the media have ignored any input of the Netherlanders, I would urge the media to seriously investigate solutions these experienced people can offer. Please run some news coverages of Netherlands contributions, and what they would consider and advise.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:10 am |
  22. Riece, CA

    Thanks for remembering New Orleans. I went back in 2007 and it was a very heartbreaking experience. The food and environment were very different, that culture that James spoke of was lacking. But perhaps things have improved over the years. My prayers continue to go out for those who were and still are affected by Katrina's aftermath.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:10 am |
  23. Kaci

    It is heartwarming to see y'all back in New Orleans four years later. Often, we locals get the impression that we've been forgotten or spun into the insignificant, old news. There's the "Je ne sais quois here," – and it seems like y'all really dig it or atleast get it.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  24. T. Arzu

    Anderson looks great in a suit, but he is sexy as hell in that t-shirt.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:02 am |
  25. Patricia, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    I was just watching your program concerning the murders following Hurricane Katrina. You should know that many people in New Orleans are liars and racists. There is a long history of this "tradition" along with their propensity as true "pirates" – both before and after the storm (descendants of Jean LaFitte).

    Where do you think the nickname "The Big Easy" came from? Anything goes there and still does. The French Quarter still smells like beer and puke and other unsanitary things. It's best to throw your shoes away once you walk down those streets.

    The tragedy of Katrina is a direct result of poverty and indifference. The City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana are truly third world. You can't really believe that everything is O.K. ... it is not.

    If another hurricane hits New Orleans, they will go underwater. What levees?



    August 28, 2009 at 12:00 am |
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