In February, President Obama used his first White House press conference to alert the public to a momentous event. "Tomorrow, my Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, will be announcing some very clear and specific plans for how we are going to start loosening up credit once again," he said.
But when Geithner appeared at Treasury the next day, on Feb. 10, he offered few plans of any sort, let alone clear and specific ones, which helps to explain the stock market's 5% plunge that day. Since then Geithner has loosened up, with the help of a media trainer -- and the market has bounced back. Coincidence?
By Colin Barr, Fortune senior writer
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Last updated July 01 2009: 12:24 PM ET