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Plane banner 'fires' politicians over credit downgrade

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

August 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A lot of Americans are mad at politicians in Washington right now. One Missouri woman decided to do something about it.

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

She says she woke up in the middle of the night with the idea to rent a plane to fly a message over Washington, D.C.

She went online, found a flying-banner company and ordered one up that read "THANKS FOR THE DOWNGRADE. YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED!"

Just one problem: the area around the Capitol is a "no-fly" zone.

So, "Plan B": Send the plane to Wall Street.

Nobbe said it was strictly meant for Congress - both Democrats and Republicans.

"I thought that is something that I could do that wouldn't cost a million dollars and maybe someone would listen to me," said Lucy Nobbe.

"She is different than other moms. She stands up and I'm really proud of her," said daughter Holly Nobbe.

The cost of the banner and plane rental was about $900, but the company gave her a discount because they liked her idea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.