Maya Angelou, former PLOTUS (Poet Laureate of the United States), on Barack Obama taking office:
I cannot describe the enormity of President Obama sitting in the White House with his wife, his two children and his mother-in-law. And the hopes of many millions...."
Could not a PLOTUS find a better word than "enormity?" Here is the Merriam Webster dictionary's definition of "enormity:"
Main Entry: enor·mi·ty
Inflected Form(s): plural enor·mi·ties
Date: 15th century
1: an outrageous, improper, vicious, or immoral act
2: the quality or state of being immoderate, monstrous, or outrageous ; especially : great wickedness
3: the quality or state of being huge : immensity
4: a quality of momentous importance or impact
While her use of the word was not actually incorrect, I would expect better from a former Poet Laureate of the United States. Such a talented wordsmith could certainly come up with a word that does not have, as its primary meaning, such a strong and negative connotation.