Proving that Taiwan is not America, Taiwanese leaders are facing a political firestorm
for their inadequate response to a natural disaster - Typhoon Morakot,
which killed hundreds and did massive damage. Blasted by critics,
facing the resignation of several senior officials and promising an
investigation, President Ma Ying-jeou began a press conference by
bowing in apology to the people.
Angry survivors surrounded Ma when he visited Hsiaolin. "President, you've come way too late," shouted one woman.