Certain adjectives fit certain public figures so perfectly that they become Homeric epithets. The Anglo-Saxon king Æthelred (966–1016) is known to us commoners as The Unready, a mistranslation of an Old English word meaning “ill advised.” President Obama was frequently tagged with aloof – disregarding his deeply empathetic side, beautifully revealed in this recent New York Times Sunday Magazine article about the Office of Presidential Correspondence. The engine of paranoia, fury, and malign intelligence that drove the 37th U.S. president eventually gave rise to its own adjective: Nixonian.
The current occupant of the White House has spent only a little more than two weeks on the job. Yet already one word is appearing so often in connection with him that it merits close attention: vainglorious.
I have to say, this administration has certainly given the word "vainglorious" a workout.
— Kyrie O'Connor (@KyrieMeMo) February 2, 2017