Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Senator Grassley's remarks about AIG's honor
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, radio station WMT.
"I would suggest the first thing that would make me feel a little better toward them [AIG executives] is if they follow the Japanese example and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say, 'I am sorry,' and then either do one of two things: resign or go commit suicide,"
"And in the case of the Japanese, they usually commit suicide."
Grassley dismisses suicide talk as rhetoric
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 12:33 PM by Domenico Montanaro
Filed Under: Republicans, The First 100 Days
From NBC’s Domenico Montanaro
Chuck Grassley is apparently the Potter Stewart of rhetoric.
In an interview with MSNBC’s David Shuster, Sen. Grassley didn’t apologize for his comments that AIG representatives should either “resign, or go commit suicide.” Instead, he dismissed the question, saying people should know “rhetoric” when they hear it.
“I hope you recognize rhetoric,” Grassley said, “and I shouldn't even have to answer that question….”
Video: Grassley says his remarks about AIG execs were just rhetoric.
Pressed by Shuster, who asked if Grassley had any regret for his phrasing, Grassley struck a defensive tone.
“I've stated that you oughta be able to tell rhetoric when you hear it,” the Iowa Republican said.
He added that Japan has systems in place for recriminations against those who act shamefully or unethically in business.
“What I've been expressing ... is that we need to have that deep bow ... with some sort of apology,” Grassley said, adding that the company needs to show “remorsefulness, contrition.”