It has been five years since the people of New Orleas had to leave their homes while the rest of the country watched helplessly. Brian Williams filled in for me today on Meet The Press from New Orleans. The images and emotions - like Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard's plea for help on MTP in '05 - were a chilling reminder of what Hurrican Katrina did. For those of us who have not had to live with the storm's aftermath, it is easy to lose perspective on how horrible the it was.
Two of the area's most notable politicians and siblings, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, sat down with Brian to discuss what New Orleans went through and where it is now. Did Katrina help prepare this country for the BP spill?
Here's what they said:
On Friday, Brian talked to Brad Pitt about his foundation, "Make It Right," that has been working to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward. More than 4,000 homes were destroyed in that area, and Pitt's organization hopes to rebuild 150 of those houses. Here's what we put on MTP.
Plus don't miss this discussion with three men who have worked tirelessly to repair the area that means so much to them. Actor Wendell Pierce, New Orleans radio talk show host Garland Robinette, and historian and author Douglas Brinkley. They converse about what the disaster meant to them and what it displayed about race.
You can catch all of the show on our website. I'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet The Press.