ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Frustration with government inaction seems to be the most popular sentiment across the nation, and one St. Louis woman gave leaders an earful yesterday.
In grand fashion, Lucy Nobbe hired a small plane to fly over New York City around lunchtime Tuesday trailing a banner that read, “THANKS FOR THE DOWNGRADE. YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED!”
Nobbe, a 51-year-old single mother of two, is a municipal bond broker who works out of her home in Kirkwood. She says her message was not geared toward any party, but rather toward all of Congress after the nation was brought to the brink of default last week, as well as the downgrade in the nation’s credit rating by Standard Poor’s.
“This is just ridiculous,” Nobbe says. “And I think the downgrade was mostly about bad behavior in Congress, and how they can’t compromise and can’t get along.”
Nobbe says she wanted to have the plane fly over Washington, D.C., but the no-fly zone restricted her from doing so. She says her message is well-deserved by Congress’s unwillingness to work together.
“They’re scaring everyone, they’re causing the stock market to go crazy,” Nobbe says. “It’s just not right.”
She says she hasn’t faced much backlash, but she was disappointed in some people’s initial interpretation of the message.
“The only thing that was a little worrisome in the beginning is that it flew by the S & P building, and I had no intention of it being directed toward them,” Nobbe says. “What they did – that was their business. I really wanted it to be directed toward Congress.”
Nobbe spent $895 for the airplane, and says this is the first time she has done something so drastic regarding politics.
“I’ve never even written my congressman. I don’t even like politics,” she says. “But I was just so fed up with people acting like children in politics.”
Speaking of children, Nobbe says her daughters at first thought she was crazy, but after she explained the downgrade to them, “they thought it was pretty cool.”
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