On the March 29 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends First, co-host Brian Kilmeade reported that 59 former U.S. diplomats sent a letter to Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-IN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urging the rejection of President Bush's nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Co-host E.D. Hill responded by ridiculing the names of three of the signatory diplomats.
From the March 29 Fox & Friends First:
KILMEADE: You know that guy John Bolton, who seems to speak his mind and that bothers a lot of people in the diplomatic world? Well, it bothers people so much that -- he is going to be the man nominated to be the next ambassador to the United Nations from the U.S. -- that 59 former U.S. diplomats have signed a letter and given it to Senator Lugar and said, "Do me a favor, don't nominate this -- don't confirm this guy. Just kick him out! We don't want him there!"
HILL: Here's what struck me about that story. Here are a couple of the names of the diplomats who don't want John Bolton to get the nomination: Princeton Lyman, Monteagle Stearns, and Spurgeon Keeny --
KILMEADE: Those guys again!
HILL: Just odd names.
KILMEADE: Who the heck are they?
HILL: You've got to have one of these funky names to be an ambassador. Who names their kid Spurgeon?
KILMEADE: But you know what, the coolest name in sports -- You know what, sometimes you look at an infant and you think, "That's a Spurgeon."
HILL: Monteagle? Monteagle? [laughing]
PRODUCER (off-screen): That's my son's middle name.
KILMEADE: Thank you, and now you've insulted the executive producer.
HILL: Honestly, I love the name. I mean, people think the names I pick are crazy too.
Princeton N. Lyman served as U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and South Africa. Monteagle Stearns was U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Ivory Coast and Greece. Spurgeon Keeny Jr. was the deputy director of the Arms Control Agency during the Carter administration.