Duly Noted

George Will on the Copenhagen debacle.
In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns "I" or "me" 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences conveyed the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago's case compelling.
Then he notes what I've noted previously, that sophomores seem to have the run of the White House speechwriting office. Envisioning a computer program to improve our nation's official rhetoric he writes,
the software should delete the most egregious cliches sprinkled around by the tin-eared employees in the White House speechwriting shop. The president told the Olympic committee that: "At this defining moment," a moment "when the fate of each nation is inextricably linked to the fate of all nations" in "this ever-shrinking world," he aspires to "forge new partnerships with the nations and the peoples of the world."
there was also "what was best about humanity," and "bringing people together." Oh, please, make it stop before they "end the day" by telling our allies, "stay as sweet as you are," and "LYLAS."

The cliches are bad enough, but did he really say this in an international forum?
Nearly one year ago, on a clear November night, people from every corner of the world gathered in the city of Chicago or in front of their televisions to watch the results of the U.S. presidential election. Their interest wasn't about me as an individual. Rather . . .
There is no one in his shop sensitive enough to understand how gross that is? Is this American humility?

Will's conclusion:
Presidents often come to be characterized by particular adjectives: "honest" Abe Lincoln, "Grover the Good" Cleveland, "energetic" Theodore Roosevelt, "idealistic" Woodrow Wilson, "Silent Cal" Coolidge, "confident" FDR, "likable" Ike Eisenhower. Less happily, there were "Tricky Dick" Nixon and "Slick Willie" Clinton. Unhappy will be a president whose defining adjective is "vain."
Richard Cohen, of all people, understands why this is more than an unfortunate tic.
the ultimate in realism is for the president to gauge himself and who he is: Does he have the stomach and commitment for what is likely to continue to be an unpopular war? Will he send additional troops, but hedge by not sending enough -- so that the dying will be in vain? What does he believe, and will he ask Americans to die for it? Only he knows the answers to these questions. But based on his zigzagging so far and the suggestion from the Copenhagen trip that the somber seriousness of the presidency has yet to sink in, we have reason to wonder.

But perhaps the problem is best summed up by a commenter at American Digest, who writes:
Some of my family who voted for the community organizer are now coming to realize that what they really got was the world's most comprehensive vanity publishing gig