I thought this has to be a joke: Patrick Park may get to realize dream as Austrian ambassador:
Patrick Park is an avid fan of “The Sound of Music.” You might say he’s obsessed with it.
“Really, I’ve seen it like 75 times,” the concert pianist/industrialist said.
“I know every single word and song by heart. I’ve always wanted to live in the Von Trapp house.”
Well, if he can’t live there, at least he’ll be close enough to visit.
Park has received unofficial word from President Donald Trump — well, as unofficial as a handwritten note saying “on to your next chapter, Ambassador!” can be — that he is the president’s choice to be U.S. ambassador to Austria.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is our Harriet Meyers moment. At least for today.
So how is Ambassador Park preparing for his new role?
Park said he’s already started boning up in order to be ready if and when the call comes.
“I had a chance to talk to the Swiss and Hungarian ambassadors at the Red Cross Ball and at the diplomats’ dinner the night before,” he said. “They want me to visit them in Washington, and the Austrian ambassador in Washington said he wants to go us for lunch. See? I’m already working!”
First thing on his unofficial to-do list?
“I’m flying to Vienna to check out the embassy, and then I’m going to Salzburg to see if the Von Trapp house is for rent,” he said, laughing. ”And then I’m going to learn to like schnitzel and sachertorte.”