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Tweets about Olympics remind us of this local patriotic expert

3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago August 07, 2016 Aug 7, 2016 Sunday, August 07 2016 August 07, 2016 10:52 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

NEW ROADS - A Buzz Feed post about people's tweets related to the Olympics has helped resurrect a viral sensation of a recent 4th of July on False River.

Buzz Feed listed outrageous tweets about the Olympics where people who likely usually aren't very patriotic are going all red, white and blue as Team USA competes in Rio.  Among the listed tweets was one post where someone used a screen grab of a WBRZ report a number of years ago about how people celebrated the 4th of July in New Roads.  The graphic under Christian Walther's name read "patriotic expert" and it matched his American flag-inspired, cut-off sleeve button down shirt.  He was also wearing aviator-style sunglasses. 

"I'm out here, I got my Budweiser in my hand, my American flag cut-off on; My boat's in the water.  It's going to be a good day, tater," Walther told reporter Rob Krieger.

The interview went viral not long after it was shown on WBRZ News 2 on television and posted on WBRZ.com in July 2013.  In 2014, GQ magazine ranked Walther and his thoughts on America as the 10th and 11th "Most American Things On the Internet."  See the entire list of 50 HERE.

Walther owns and operates bars and restaurants.  Krieger now works for a TV station in New Orleans, his hometown. 

Walther's still slinging drinks and soaking up rays on the water.  His Facebook post is filled with pictures of him fishing and having fun either on lakes and beaches. 

The party is still going on on the False River, too.  This July 4th was the 34th year of festival-goers taking to the water on Independence Day. 

See the first story that made Walther famous HERE.

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