August 27, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Harry Connick, Jr. joins Larry from New Orleans

for the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

He’ll tell us how his hometown is

still coming back from catastrophe.

Do you think enough has been done
for Gulf Coast 5 years after Katrina?

Weigh in below!

TAKE OUR POLL: Have you been to NOLA since Katrina?

Filed under: Harry Connick Jr. • Hurricane Katrina • Larry King Live

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Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 27th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

The place is built on swamp land thats sinking a little each year they either need to raise the landscape or move Louisiana is a sinking ship .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 27th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Louisiana is a ticking time bomb awaiting Katrina's mother our country cant afford to rebuild this place every ten years .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 27th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

What they need to build is sky lifts to transport visitors and evacuate people .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 27th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Louisiana is a battle between mother nature and the Army Core and my bets are on mother nature .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 27th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

I think god is sending a message to move .

Toni Morse   August 27th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Albeit slow, there has been some progress. I only hope that I will live to see New Orleans become the great cultural city that it once was.
Given the monumental oil spill in the Gulf, they have been hit with the old one-two punch.
God bless Louisiana and it's strong people.

Derrick Steeves   August 27th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

My wife and I went to NO last summer to see if we could offer any help. The citizens of the US and especially the US gov't should be embarressed and ashamed of the lack of effort going on to help the impoverished people who need help the most. If this disaster happened in any city in the world the US gov't would be there to help. The black lower class citizens of NO STILL NEED HELP!!! PLEASE HELP THEM!!!

Valarie Boyer   August 27th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

I think that the federal government should consider appropriating more money to Katrina victims and less on war in other countries. These are American citizens who have paid taxes, lived hear as descendants of ther Americans, and deserve more than this country has done for them.

Howard Sears   August 27th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Larry – I love your show aqnd have been a fan for years.

Tonight's show with Harry Connick, Jr. was great – exceptfor your continued mis-pronunciation of New Orleans!

Listen to Harry – try saying "nu awlins" – or "nawlins".

Come on – you've been around long enough to know better.


Howard Sears

Barb H   August 27th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Ok, Larry...I know I like a man when he has good taste. I haven't traveled the world. I've been to Scotland once,but the rest have been US cities. Two stuck in my mind as my favorites- Boston and San Francisco. And when you said you had three tonite, including New Orleans, I knew I had to get down there some day before I die. I thought I'd seen all I needed to see. You made me feel like if I died tonite, I'd be ok, minus the one left...New Orleans. THANK YOU!!! Can't believe you picked two that are my favorites!!

John   August 27th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Hey Larry,
Harry and Jill were neighbors of mine in CT. New Orleans can't have him back! Great people! God bless Harry for what your doing with NOLA! Be well!

Marilyn Thomson   August 27th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Boston & San Francisco don't have the history of New Orleans, LA, the center of the USA:

Pittsburgh, PA (historically French & English fight over and the 3 rivers roll to the port of New Orleans; (NYC Ellis Island immigrants go to PGH PA for the industrial era of USA) and,
Oklahoma City, OK (re trail of tears, etc.).

You should mention these cities in your broadcast tonight.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 27th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

I love the entertainment in Louisiana and the river boat casino's especially the river boat casino's they float really well .

Francisco Lopez   August 27th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Harry Connick Jr., is a wonderful singer, dancer, and performer and it is a great feeling to see that after the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans, Mr. Connick still cares to help his hometown. My question is has Harry Connick Jr., ever thought about formally buying and purchasing back in his hometown of New Orleans.

Derrick Steeves   August 27th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

The outside world seems to think all is well and all is fixed in NO. NOT ATL ALL!! It has now crawled to a snails pace mostly done by volunteer students on their summer breaks and holidays. Many thanks to them, but shame on the rest who do nothing.....especially the US gov't.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 27th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Any one that has never been to Louisiana has never been to outer space its like a western star wars with great munchies .

Marlena   August 27th, 2010 9:56 pm ET


I like to see you interview people/musicians who actually live in New Orleans. It was good that Harry Connick, Jr. helped raised money, but I like to hear what Wynton Marsalis and other natives have to say about the Musician's Village, etc. I don't think an hour should have been dedicated to Harry.

I also like to say that the homes built in the village are very plain and not withstanding another hurricane.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   August 27th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Good night Larry and may Louisiana have good fortune .

Gerald Jolly   August 27th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

I suggested it at the time and I still suggest it today.

President???? Bush should have been impeached for his handling of Katrina, and still today, he should be held liable for answering the thousands of questions that remain unanswered about the role his UNDERLINGSbplayed in the disaster.

Cindy   August 27th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly,
What about the politicians who were to have corrected the levy long before this happened? They, of course, were democrats. There would be no reason to impeach Bush for his handling of Katrina. You do realize I assume that he had to work through the state before he could do anything. If it were and is his fault, why two years into a new administration has little changed? Oh, if everything were as easy as we thought, wouldn't like be peachy. What would really be peachy would be if every opinion we had weren't determined strictly by our political bias rather than logical reason and analysis.

Mary Neal Kunsman   August 27th, 2010 11:15 pm ET

How refreshing Harry Connick, Jr.
has been on your show! A great musician and humanitarian and lover of people and one that loves and appreciates his wife & family.

Lynn Kahler   August 28th, 2010 12:49 am ET

It really irks me to hear how badly New Orleans was damaged from Katrina. New Orleans was FLOODED by a levy breaking. How about the rest of the Gulf Coast that was practically leveled by the storm?! You never hear about the MS Gulf Coast that looked like a bomb hit it after Katrina. Or Slidell, Chalmette and all of the small towns that were leveled by the storm. The difference is New Orleans expected the government and other people to fix it for them; whereas, the rest of the Gulf Coast pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and worked to rebuild their communities. Just goes to show you that the squeaky wheel gets the grease

apbhl   August 28th, 2010 12:55 am ET

Can we just clone Harry Conick Jr.? The world's troubles would be over. He is an amazing person...

Nina   August 28th, 2010 1:01 am ET

@Gerald Jolly

Well said!

Bush should have been impeached for war crimes!!!

Cindy   August 28th, 2010 1:11 am ET


I have worked in construction for over 10 years in SW Florida and I have tried for 3 years to connect with Harry or Brads construction groups as I would move to work there in a moment. I can find NO way to contact them thru the Internet and was surprised at Harry's comment, "we need everyone possible to help" – yet I have a lot to offer and no way to connect with persons to actually be in a position to get me there. Can you pass my Email to either of their people? I love New Orleans, I attend Mardi Gras every year. Every year I drive thru the areas effected and feel that work is not being done fast enough.

Please give my contact email to anyone YOU can make contact with, so I can go there and help to make a difference, personally.


ckesling   August 28th, 2010 1:45 am ET

it is a disgrace that more was not done in the was like a third world country. we spend all this damn money on useless wars but we can't help our own here at home ? there is something real wrong with this picture !!! really !!!!

Ben Roth   August 28th, 2010 3:32 am ET

I think there has not been enough done for New Orleans. There are still hundreds of people in FEMA trailers waiting for their houses to be finished being built either by them of by charity groups(the charity groups need more money) Just because it looks like everyone is recovering and everything is back to normal doesn't mean that it is. I worked on a woman's house and she says she has had to move everything that survied the storm into a small trailer for 5 years. I think that Lowes home improvement store has been helping a lot though because they have been popping up around the surrounding area and hireing people and selling home building supplies.
There still needs to be a lot more work done on New Orleans. There are many kind and deserving people without homes.

Gerald Jolly   August 28th, 2010 7:47 am ET

@ Cindy you are correct, the Dems did'nt do much of a job correcting the problems with the levies.

But flying around in the Presidential plane one time, just does'nt cut it.

Bush has been reviled by members of his own party for his innactive answer to Katrina.

Even to this day the now Governor of Louisianna a Republican refers to him as the "BUSWACKER"

So what's with that??

Ted   August 28th, 2010 10:24 am ET

It is insane to rebuild New Orleans in the same place, because the next even bigger hurricane is coming sooner or later. If you want to live there you better take swimming lessons.

With the warming of our globe the surface of the oceans will increase good 6-10 feet, meaning that New Orleans and many other coastal communities will be under water for good.
Good-bye bayou and Florida and a great part of our east and south shores.
Instead of wasting such a large amount of money, rebuild the city on a higher ground, far away from the danger. Just look at the pacific islands, many of them must be evacuated, because they are mostly under water.
Major decisions should not be made by emotions, but with cool head. That is the difference between europeans and us, they plan for the next 10 years, we for the next quarter.

Charles   August 28th, 2010 4:19 pm ET

There is a phone number for Brad's Make It Right organization on their website. Also, you could contact New Orleans Habitat for Humanity to which Connick seems closely connected.

j.p.   August 28th, 2010 7:32 pm ET

great show w/harry connick. Many others are contributing also. Can't we get this done?? The people of NO deserve better, and quicker. Bob Marley said it years ago "Lets get together and be alright"

Smith in Oregon   August 28th, 2010 7:48 pm ET

Using hundreds of Billions of America's taxpayer dollars to rebuild New Orleans once again BELOW Sea-Level is entirely in keeping with the utterly corrupt Republican lawmakers mind-set in Louisiana and nearby Mississippi.

No Way and No How can the levee's keeping New Orleans from flooding protect against a class 4 or higher Hurricane. It is simply a matter of time before those levee's once again FAIL and multiple wards across New Orleans that are some TEN FEET below sea-level are flooded AGAIN!

Ted   August 29th, 2010 8:33 am ET

Our President says that we will pull the rest of our troops out of Iraq by 2011. What a lie!

Basam AFB is Iraq has now approx. 28,000 american soldiers with all the confort any american base have. The infrastructure is constantly improved, we spend hundreds of millions to make it even better.

My question is: would you in your right mind invest a fortune into a real estate that you cannot sell, but must vacate in a short time losing all money you put into it?
We have no intention of leaving Iraq, we are fortifying a few large bases and plan to stay there for good. Look at Germany, 65 years after the end of WWII we still have dozens of bases there and have no intention of leaving. The same in Italy, England, Turkey, Spain, Holland, Okinawa and all over the middle east. Against whom do those bases defend us?
Those bases cost us billions every year and those of you who go hungry to bed, or lost your home, or have no job can rest easily: the money you should benefit from is wisely invested in a militay base somewhere in a place you never heard of.

You were sold and you loved the war in Korea, (53,000 dead americans), Vietnam, (56,000 dead americans), Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia with many thousand dead soldiers.
Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will sell you a few more of those fun wars, where only those go and die who do not participate in the blessings of our country.
How many congressmen or millionairs have family members in those wars? Easy to count them: NONE, ZILCH, DENADA.
Wake up America, you do not need an enemy to destroy you, you are doing a fine job destroying yourself!

IKHAN   August 29th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Hi folks.
After years of suffering Bush era insanity, this hapless nation was witnessing some welcome signs of prudence in the White House.
But the forces representing fundamentalist convoluted ideology thriving on propaganda which were in the forefront of the assault on the American public, of lies, half truths, hate & fear during the Bush era have become active again.

The farcical 'taking back honor rally' called by Glenn Beck, backed by the likes of Sarah Palin, the Tea Partiers, evangelical & far right nuts is one of those tactics.
We do not have to toggle our memory switches that hard to remember that these are the same elements which misled this nation to one of the most damaging disasters of our history, Iraq & then Afghanistan. They created an atmosphere of paranoia & fear which envelopes this country today.
America lost its face, credibility and influence world wide, during the Bush era of infamy. Colluding with the administration were the same elements.
And they have the temerity to make a call to take back honor which we lost thanks to them.
The pack at the Fox Propaganda channel is the mouth piece of these forces and Glenn Beck stands for racism, bigotry, intolerance and now religious persecution donning the mantle of a preacher.
God help us.

Lucy   August 29th, 2010 4:58 pm ET

I very much enjoyed the hour with Harry Connick - he seems like a truly good guy.

I'd love to see more from Harry Shearer, too. I look forward to seeing his documentary. My understanding is that it's critical of the Corps of Engineers and raises concerns about the levees they're building.

I've been watching the coverage of NOLA so far this weekend and not much has been made so far about the failure of the levees. It's a FACT that most of the devastation in NOLA was due to the failure of the levees rather than to the wind and rain of Katrina. I want to know more about the quality of the new levees now being built.

Cindy   August 29th, 2010 6:43 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly,
I don't know why the Repub governor speaks that way about Pres Bush. I would guess he's in what is usually a Democrat state, thus wants to keep his position. You know the story, same old political rhetoric. If he thought NO and LA liked Bush, he'd be saying something different.

toni   August 29th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

The media has done real disservice to the people of Mississippi in their coverage of the 5 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Where is the coverage of the Mississippi towns that were totally demolished, nothing left? The people of Mississippi also suffered a tremendous tragedy 5 years ago today. What does no one seemed concerned about the rebuilding of the Mississippi Gulf Coast?

George Guerrero   August 30th, 2010 12:35 am ET

Honestly New Orleans was not prepared enough when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans LA the mayor should have been more prepared for Katrina Evacuees and I feel very for the residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast it brings me to tears after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast New Orleans is my favorite city it will come back.

Ineedabeer   August 30th, 2010 1:00 am ET

Poor or not, the majority of citizens in New Orleans decided that waiting for a hand out was better than doing something themselves. It's 5 years later now, there is no reason why they couldn't have fixed the city themselves. The city government is also to be held accountable. At the time of Katrina they had the 8th lowest median income of any US metropolitan area. The city could have easily used this disaster to it's benefit by taking out loans and using that money to provide jobs to it's citizens for clean up and repair, in other words, they could have taken a lesson from FDR. I do admit, it sure seems like most of the citizens would have picked sitting on their butts over getting paid to work, regardless of how much better off they would have been, but Mayor Nagin could at least have tried to do less finger pointing and taken some kind of real action himself.

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Alessandro BERNARDI   August 30th, 2010 5:34 am ET

I think Michael Armstrong is right by saying that the level of the landscape should be raised.
Would it be possible to realize, even if it took years to come to a substantial improvement?

anthony   August 30th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

Katrina after five yrs.and thanks to all who volunteered their time to rebuilt New Orleans.This is American in action.
I'ed like to go back before Katrina,Like the Mayor of New Orleans commented on meet the press yesterday.The tragic,and loss of life could've been avoided had the congressmen,and senators listened to the leaders of Louisiana and give them the funds to rebuilt the (LEVY) before Katrina hit.The question I have is, I'ed like to know who are thoes that opposed the funds to be given to the state of Louisiana to rebuilt the levy?Instead these same congressmen,and senators funded Alaska millions if not billions for a project.I'll say it again,on ellection day judge,and cast your vote on the merits of their deeds,and not the promises,and rhetoric they express.My heart goes out to all the volunteers,and it is people like you that make's America what it is today.... Freedom,Liberty,and Justice.....

toya   August 30th, 2010 3:13 pm ET

Dear Mr.King, I watch your show often, my question to you how is it that the right wing side are saying Glen Beck, is re writing History, what did he do, DID he save a life , that we the american people don't know about, or did he go down to the gulf, when all that mess with the oil spill did he collect oil, with the peolpe who lost everthing? or did HE go to IRAQ and nobody knew, or did he help a homeless family find shelter? or had he paid someone medical bills,? or maybe he went to the 9th WARD to help those families? IF NOT HE'S NOT REWRITING HISTORY,to do what he did on those steps was for him,and him only. FOR PEOPLE TO SAY HE MAD HISTORY,HE MADE A FOOL OF HIMSELF. P.S. THE LATE GREAT DR. MLK,HAD MORE PEOPLE THERE ON THOSE STEPS ANYWAY, NOW THATS HISTORY................

Charles   August 30th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

You do more name-calling than any conservative on independent I have ever known. I hope it's not because you are a very unhappy person. Life is short; feel better.

Charles   August 30th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

Dr. King's niece is terribly clueless when she says that "we are all on the same boat." We came over on a seprate boat, a slave ship, and we are still on a different boat, because the captains of their boats have no plans on taking us with them. King's niece is self promoting and this afforded her a venue. None of the other Kings chose to insult Dr. King's memory, but the self promoting niece. She did the Tea Party proud, not the memory of Dr. Maritn Luther King.

pete bollander   August 31st, 2010 12:58 am ET

Create a land mass of 15 thousand square miles to creat algae crop farming.Your Worries will go away. take that to the bank/ from pete Bollander of the Worlds Masterminds

IKHAN   August 31st, 2010 1:45 pm ET

Hi Larry,

thanks. As an American I find it hard to just watch quietly the way things are going in this country, socially , politically, economically and on most other fronts. One has to have an iron discipline to swallow all this, which perhaps I do not have. Will consider your advice though.
Take care.

HUH   August 31st, 2010 4:43 pm ET

No disrespect to the humans and animals that suffered in the hurricaine.

Why are we going over this and those poor people that lived there.

Science baby.

I dont' like all the whoa is me and my taxes being spent to build up a place that in time it will get slammed again by a hurricaine.

Live beneath the sea level where hurricaines are prevalent you are gambling with death.

I personally do not like our tax payer money has gone to help those who chose to live there.

To help the children and the animals, yes. They didn't have a choice.

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