Over at the China Post, Joe Hung on Monday put his keen analytical mind to work examining President Chen's failings, and discovered that Chen apologizes just too darn much for his liking.
In his piece, entitled, President Chen has apologized 10 times in six years, Hung triumphantly observes:
President Chen Shui-bian is the most apologetic chief of state in Taiwan's brief annals of democratic government -- and probably in world history as well.
He has apologized ten times in the six years of his presidency.
That's ten apologies issued within six years. Obviously, the guy's worse than Hitler.
In all fairness, Chen has apologized for some pretty serious misdeeds:
[During a trip to Taipei in 2004, former Czech president Vaclav] Havel tripped [in his hotel room] and suffered some injuries. President Chen apologized to him on October 28th.
So, let me try to picture this:
Chen Shui-bian: I'm sorry, President Havel, that you got hurt while visiting this beautiful country of ours.
Joe Hung: (watching TV, ticking off scorecard) Aha! Gotcha!
I hope no one takes this post as me being critical of other people's hobbies. After all, if birdwatchers can keep meticulous records of the birds they've spotted, then what's wrong with Dr. Hung keeping track of the number of times that President Chen apologizes?
Whatever floats your boat, Joe.