Many, many, many of the poor in New Orleans are in that condition [dependency]. They weren't going to leave no matter what you did. They were drug-addicted. They weren't going to get turned off from their source. They were thugs, whatever. ... It's the absence of personal responsibility, which the government can not force you to be responsible, not in a free society.
I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.Days after the levee breaks, O'Reilly also had expressed his desire that Katrina had hit the United Nations instead:
I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out. And I wouldn't have rescued them.Of course, O'Reilly could have had a worse comeuppance; just ask former Speaker of the House Dennis "Bulldoze New Orleans" Hastert.