Trump picks Sound of Music fan as Austria ambassador

Trump picks Sound of Music fan as Austria ambassador


norman lebrecht

February 13, 2017

This is not an alternative fact.

Patrick Park, a businessman friend of Donald J Trump, has seen The Sound of Music 75 times.

He has been told by the president that he’s to be the next US ambassador to Austria.

‘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,’ Park said. ‘And then I’m going to learn to like schnitzel and sachertorte.’

photo: PalmBeach Daily News



  • Evan Bowers says:

    I know many singers, artists, movie lovers who love Zachertorte and Schnitzel.
    They are already more qualified for this position. Some have even already met a Von Trapp!

    • Bryen Von Trapp says:

      Exactly.seen SoM over 100 times.Met Julie Andrews.Von Trapp Villa is a Music School.Im more qualified for the job.Bryen von Trapp.Vermont.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Puting the right people in the right place… 🙂

  • Alexander says:

    I have no idea who could that gentleman be, but I love The Sound of Music too…. Julie Andrews was impeccable there , not to speak of those lovely songs and the whole concept of the film ….

  • Halldor says:

    Awful to think of these vulgar hard-right populists being sent to a nation as civilised as Austria, where vulgar hard-right populism is so universally abhorred…oh…

  • Ruben Greenberg says:

    Seeing “The Sound of Music” 75 times is truly a remarkable achievement. I don’t understand how anybody could stand seeing it even once.

  • Mr Oakmountain says:

    Fun fact: Hardly anyone in Austria knows “The Sound of Music”.
    I actually imported the film in the 90s from the UK and showed it to incredulous Austrian students so that they’d know where the English speaking world gets their image of Austria from. For all the lovely – American – music, it is hilarious to watch for an Austrian; not because of the content, but because the film makers mixed and matched locations all over the place and put them together as they saw fit. It’s the equivalent of watching a film of someone driving past Big Ben, across Tower Bridge (instead of Parliament Bridge) and reaching Windsor Castle at the other end.
    The first Austrian staging of the Musical, as far as I know, was in 2005 at the Volksoper, conducted by US conductor Erich Kunzel.

  • V.Lind says:

    He’ll pick a Brigadoon fan if Scotland goes indy.

    • David Osborne says:

      I think we might be reading too much into this. I have a feeling Trump might be under the impression he’s sending this guy to the land of the kangaroo…

      • John Borstlap says:

        I’m sure that mr T-Rex thinks that Austria must like the movie, he must have seen it himself, so this man is best because he must be an expert on the country. That is why such choices are so revealing. Soon we will see an ambassador being sent down through the rabbit hole to represent the USA at the Queen of Hearts.

    • Max Grimm says:

      I guess that leaves David Hasselhoff as ambassador to Germany (god knows America quite successfully pawned him off on us before

  • Ruben Greenberg says:

    The man should read Arthur Schnitzler instead of gobbling down schnitzels and watching the embarrassing “Sound of Music”. It would give him greater insight into the neurotic Austrian soul.

  • Steve P says:

    Who cares? Political hacks get to hang out in foreign countries while real work is done behind he scenes. And Austria? When were they last relevant-WW1???? Heck, send Hillary over there – she ain’t busy

  • Graeme Kay says:

    Learning German might come in handy too…

    • Ruben Greenberg says:

      His boss -Trump, I think his name is-has said that he doesn’t approve of foreign languages.

      • John Borstlap says:

        ‘Foreign languages should be prohibited and where inavoidable, super-vetted’. Where foreign languages sport extremist overtones, they will be deported to Guantamo Bay.

  • John Borstlap says:

    People who love the Sound of Music don’ love music, but only the sound it makes.