On Monday morning, U.S. markets opened for the first time since Standard & Poor's downgraded America's credit rating. Stocks went over the edge like an Olympic diver.
A few hours later, President Obama stepped in front of a microphone at the White House to proclaim his confidence in the U.S.
"No matter what some agency may say, we've always been and always will be a AAA country," he said.
He left the podium, and the financial plunge continued.
So, does having the biggest megaphone in the country do the president any good?