This has got to be the best quote-then-walk-back in a while. From the Washington Post on the furor surrounding news that AIG is doling out $165 million in bonuses to executives:
The rhetoric grew so heated yesterday that Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested in a radio interview that AIG executives ought to "follow the Japanese model . . . resign, or go commit suicide." An aide later explained he does not actually want executives to kill themselves.

If only he had tweeted it.