But Brazil, the president maintains, is resilient. "Being able to overcome defeat I think is the feature and hallmark of a major national team and of a great country."
Tuesday's defeat was difficult for Brazil fans to watch as the team suffered a 7-1 loss to Germany.
"We came into this match without two of our main players, Neymar, a major attacker, and our captain, Thiago Silva," Rousseff said, acknowledging that the match was expected to be difficult.
What's the silver lining for the country that played host to the 2014 World Cup?
"If we had won, the people would have forgotten all the money spent; at least now the realities are back in focus."
Ultimately, Rousseff is keeping her eyes on a different sort of prize, the reward of hosting a successful World Cup.
"One has to bear in mind that from all different aspects, the fact is that Brazil has organized and staged a World Cup, which I do believe is one of the world's best World Cups. And that is largely due to the Brazilian people's ability to offer and extend hospitality and welcome supporters from all over the world."