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St. Louis-area mom decries downgrade with NYC plane protest

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A view of the scene from a distance as a banner, funded by a St. Louis-area woman, flies over New York City on Aug. 9. From this view it's difficult to read, but the banner reads "THANKS FOR THE DOWNGRADE. YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED!"

Lucy Nobbe was fed up with Congress, angry over the U.S. credit downgrade, and she wanted the world to know.

Now Nobbe, who sells municipal bonds, has become something of a celebrity, even a hero to many.

The 51-year-old divorced mother of two daughters from suburban St. Louis spent $895 to hire an airplane to fly over New York City on Tuesday pulling a banner that read: "THANKS FOR THE DOWNGRADE. YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED!"

Some mistakenly thought the banner was aimed at Standard & Poor's, which downgraded the U.S. credit rating on Friday. Nobbe told The Associated Press it was intended for Congress. She originally wanted it to fly over Washington, D.C., but couldn't because of air restrictions.

Nobbe says the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

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