Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Seasoned diplomat and new American Ambassador to Estonia Michael C. Polt arrived yesterday at Estonia's Lennart Meri airport but will not present his credentials to Estonia's president until Thursday. "This means I've got only two days to try out every barbecue joint you've got in this town," said the Tennessee native in lightly-accented Estonian. "Once they're official, I'm told diplomats in Estonia only eat stuff on toothpicks from Frens Catering." Switching to English, the ambassador exhaled heavily and noted he was "one whoop-diggity-dog friend of barbecue."
A graduate of the Buford T. Pusser School of Diplomacy at the University of Tennessee, the American State Department has denied rumors circulated in the Estonian press that Polt is the illegitimate brother of Albert Gore, Jr., though the men are close friends and still play together in the Tennessee All Banjo Orchestra. In his spare time, Ambassador Polt enjoys building flintlock rifles from kits and trapping beaver and mink in small streams.