Single Mother from St. Louis Flying Banner Over Lower Manhattan: ‘Thanks For The Downgrade. You Should All Be Fired.’ (UPDATED)

downgrade zoom Single Mother from St. Louis Flying Banner Over Lower Manhattan: Thanks For The Downgrade. You Should All Be Fired. (UPDATED)

Originally spotted on Twitter by American Banker, someone paid for an airplane to fly around Manhattan—reportedly near the Standard & Poor’s offices—with a banner screaming: “THANKS FOR THE DOWNGRADE. YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED.” Pictures and more sightings are beginning to emerge. Full image below:


downgrade 2 Single Mother from St. Louis Flying Banner Over Lower Manhattan: Thanks For The Downgrade. You Should All Be Fired. (UPDATED) 

The S&P offices are at 96 Water Street, near the East River, but as some commenters have noted, these pictures (separate from the original reports of the banner near the building) were taken from a view of the Hudson River. [UPDATE: The banner’s flyer didn’t want to send it by S & P. It was directed at Wall Street by a single mother from St. Louis. Full story below.]


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Special thanks to tipsters Stephanie Judge and Chris Egebo for being The Observer’s keen-eyed crowdsourced shutterbugs on these.

UPDATE: Fortune‘s Dan Primack figured out who flew the plane, none other than a single mother from St. Louis fed-up with Wall Street:

“I originally wanted to fly it over Washington, D.C., but learned that you can’t do that,” says the banker, who asked to remain anonymous for job security reasons. “So I chose Wall Street instead, but didn’t specifically intend it to fly over S&P. I’m just a mother from St. Louis who feels the only reason we got downgraded was people in politics.”

UPDATE 2: A friend of the woman who flew the plane who requested anonymity spoke to the Observer by phone, confirming that her friend is in fact as single mother of two from St. Louis. We were told she is a broker and as her friend explained to us, “she woke up pissed about everything in Washington, especially now with the downgrade.” She wanted to fly it over D.C. but she couldn’t because of the restricted airspace; her original intent wasn’t to fly the plant “at” Wall Street, per se.

“She’s not mad at S & P, she’s mad at Washington D.C. She called me up to have me talk her out of it, and of course, I didn’t,” her friend noted, “because I think it’s funny.” According to her friend, the woman “does not have a lot of discretionary cash as others are saying. She’s a single mother of two. She’s been working and paying taxes since she was 16 years old.”

Is she of any particular political persuasion? “Nope,” her friend notes. “Not really. It’s directed at Washington. The Republicans, Democrats, President. Not at S & P.” We noted—as we’ve heard from friends, colleagues, and sources that the banner is likely making quite a few people smile.

“I think she’d be happy to hear that. She can’t reveal herself because she doesn’t want to lose her job, obviously,” her friend noted, “but I think she’d be happy to hear that.”

UPDATE 3: The woman is reported as being Lucy Nobbe, a VP at private equities and investment firm Wedbush. Ms. Nobble emphatically noted to The Daily that the message was not associated with Wedbush.



  1. St. Louis says:

    Yes, it is a single mother of two from St. Louis County who is fed up with the folks in Washington.  She couldn’t have it flown over Washington because of restricted air space.

    1. Foster Kamer says:

      Do you know her? Can you contact us?

    2. Henhouse620 says:

      Uncle Paul, I’m sure your sis loves your support…Ri Ri

  2. Anonymous says:

    just paiid $21.87 for an i P a d2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,

  3. naro10 says:

    I’d like to know if anyone is paying S&P for the downgrade.  Is there an investor who wanted to short the market, and was able to convince S&P to downgrade?   We know that rating agencies  kept subprime mortgage instruments rated AAA for the benefit of certain investors.  Is there corruption and fraud in rating agencies? Why is there no press investigations into the funding.

  4. Justin says:

    Why’s it flying around Jersey City?

    1. St. Louis says:

      It is directed at president and lawmakers, not S&P.  Planes can’t fly around Washington, DC

      1. Foster Kamer says:

        Actually, it’s meant to be flying by the S & P offices on Water Street, and was reported on Twitter to have done so. But you’re correct: these pictures show the plane flying Jersey-side. Which is somehow strangely fitting.

  5. Tom Burg says:

    Why don’t the bankers get ahead of stories like this in the future – if heading for default is clearly going to lose us all a ton of money, why don’t those with the most to lose get on the talk shows and tell the GOP to knock this $%^& off?

    Day late and a dollar short with flying a airplane banner around the city.  

  6. Commanderglenn says:

    Umm, it is directed towards the politicians, but not at the bankers and rating agencies (if you can call them that after the Lehman and mortgage backed securities fiasco)?  Really?  I love how one of Wall Streets own stands up for their industry, which is without doubt the most guilty when assessing blame for the mess the country is in.  Another banker with no perspective for the greater picture…just what the country needs:)

    1. Charliecr3 says:

      If the politicians had done their jobs in the first place and regulated against the excesses of these industries instead of accepting the perks of their lobbyists, the banking and securities industries wouldn’t have been able to send us all down this path.

    2. license says:

      It was the Clinton Administration in the late 90s, Barney Farnk, and lot, who changed the Housing Act, forcing Banks to lend at subprime, and to risky borrowers.  In fact, pre-Sen. Obama sued Chase Manhattan for not lending to such borrowers under the Act.  Further still, until then, brokerage houses like Lehman, etc., were prohibited from repackaging subprime and such mortgages into mortgage backed securities.   So, it is the politicians.

    3. Larry says:

      Obviously, you’re the one with no perspective. Who gave “money” the power it has? POLITICIANS. Who created NAFTA? POLITICIANS. Who Gives corporate America ungodly tax breaks so that they can move our jobs “over seas” while their CEO’s take home millions in bonuses that they didn’t have to pay American employees? POLITICIANS! Who bailed out these same, self-serving, GREEDY BASTARDS with 700 BILLION DOLLARS when our economy crashed in 2008? POLITICIANS!! WAKE UP AND SMELL THE B.S. YOU’RE SHOVELING, FRIEND!!! It started with “reaganomics” and has only gotten worse. Greed, Power and political manipulation is the true culprit behind our 14 trillion dollar debt and our politicians vote themselves raises in pay and benefits every year while trying to cut vital programs from the People. Our government sends billions, if not Trillions, to third world countries every year in subsidies and/or foreign aide while our country goes deeper and deeper in debt. BP, who pays next to nothing in taxes to our country (because of said tax breaks), spilled millions of barrels of oil in our Gulf waters, destroying several ecosystems as well as vital Fishing industries that thrive in those waters, which drove the price of oil through the roof (which in turn drives the price of gasoline up), STILL MANAGED TO MAKE 7 BILLION DOLLARS in profit in the year following the gulf spill. Tell me how any of this is justified in our government on behalf of the American people? This woman is so right, they SHOULD all be fired. Then, before the new regime can be sworn in, restructure congressional pay and benefits Packages and term limits! That alone would save our great nation millions…if not billions…in the long run.

  7. beesknees says:

    Go LUCY!!!!

  8. Tomrad1 says:

    I’d like to know why written articles on the internet aren’t proof read anymore…

    1. facepalm says:



  9. W4077 says:

    McGraw Hill Building is in midtown. S&P is headquartered at 55 Water, not 96. Journalism people.

  10. Guest says:

    Correction – S&P is at 55 Water St.

  11. Katieo169 says:

    how about you not spend almost $1000 on flying a banner over Manhattan when you honestly know they aren’t going to pay any attention to it, and maybe spend half of that to donate to people suffering in Somalia over drout and starvation. a man had to bury seven of his ten children because they starved to death. and your spending your money on that?

    1. Anonymous says:

      So, are you to tell me that you spend NO money on frivolous stuff and donate ALL of your excess money to starving Somalians?  Really?

      You are either a Saint or a hypocrite.

      1. GabachoMike says:

        Somalia is NOT our problem.  Our government is.

      2. SENSEBLE says:


    2. Count Fartula says:

      how about not fucking?

    3. realworld-hello says:

      We have our OWN starving kids,why the hell would we send the money to another country??That kind of  thinkin is what got us in this mess.We have sent money to other countries for every crisis.DO you see anyone reaching out and helping us???????? You said he had to bury 7 of his 10 kids,starvation is not a new thing to this country.While i feel for this man,where is the responsibility???? Please dont tell me that birth control is not readily available in this country,because there are plenty of ways to keep this from happening.Before you judge,step back and see the real problem….

    4. Jimboplyr625 says:

      it’s her money ,she can spend it as she pleases. if you want to send your pittance to africa go ahead,,they are the most ignorant people on earth all they can do is make babies who will starve to death

    5. SENSEBLE says:


    6. license says:

      How much have you sent to Somalia, Katie?  Also, the Somalis don’t need the money, they need food.  Now was she to ship $1,000 worth of grain?  There is the liiiiitle issue of those starving actually getting either food or money as we learned with the last induced famine there.  Then, again, this is the same country that drug the bodies of dead American service men through the streets, and hung them from a bridge.  Also, Somali groups have been arrested in this country for planning terrorist attacks.  Then, there is the continuing Somali pirating of yachts, ships, and the murder of such personnel.  Perhaps, the Somalis would rather starve than accept a gift from an American woman.  Then , that would be a waste of her money.  Perhaps their Muslim brothers, or Al Quaeda care enough to save them.  Oh, that’s right.  That’s why they are starving.

  12. Evan Farley says:

    A lack of education is in the news again?  How much do they need this time?

  13. Ummmm says:

    Ahh bankers…as always out of touch with reality. The downgrade should have come long ago…ummm….say 1984.

  14. Brian of Australia says:

    I’m sorry America, but you deserved this, with your elected officials bickering like children, instead of being decisive. S&P made a call, that frankly anybody could see coming.

    1. An American Abroad says:

      Ah yes, Australia being the global super power that it is, and leading in…….ah …um…wait I know…it is … almost have it….Mining?   Look out, your jealously is showing.

  15. Henhouse620 says:

    You go girl…you are awesome!  Maybe our legislatures will learn from a single mom of tw from the middle west…hero in my book!  By the way, she gives to the poor too, so relax.

    1. Guest says:

      For god’s sake, America should have been downgraded long long ago! And should have been bankrupted long long ago as well! COME ON! BE REAL!

  16. AustraliaLaughs@US says:

    Laughing  all the way from Australia as you fall from your podium…Did you seriously think this day would never come?

  17. Jwickham says:

    I believe she is spot on, it is hilarious if it wasn’t so serious. It is not only the Government Senators and others that are morally and ethically bankrupt but it is about time the American people started to vote and get rid of some of the fat cats that are their so called elected representatives andt have their hands in the public purse.
    Obama is the only politician worth saving.
    There should be more people speaking out at grass roots level.

  18. kennyg says:

    She is either a complete idiot or a lier. If you don’t know which party you blame or support and do somthing like this you are an idiot!!! But I think your a lier.

  19. Henhouse620 says:

    Beesknees must know the Lucy I know…she rocks!

  20. An American Abroad says:

    As far as I see it from the latest example, our “elected officials” in Congress are a little slow.  As such, a big sign, with simple words, which lays it out very clearly, and which they can read very slowly, is just what they need.  

    Wake up and smell the coffee boys and girls (the Tea Party included), we The Voters are onto you.  We will speak for ourselves come Election Day, way to go Lucy! 

  21. Jay Casey says:

    The story *I* want to hear is from the kid’s father.

  22. Well done to Single Mum!!
    The bankers profited from handing out credit regardless of the credit worthiness. Bush’s republicans used the resulting ‘growth’ economy to hand tax cuts to the wealthy ignore a building financial disaster. They then have the nerve to blame him for the budget  whilst standing in the way of every reform he puts forward. Every congressman that allowed an incompetent republican administration to sit back whilst the banks demolish the US economy should have resigned in shame. Instead they sit in pompously sit in Washington.Shame on them! Shame on the parasitic  bankers and the financial institutions!

  23. Charliecr3 says:

    While the politicians almost certainly will not pay attention, maybe the voters will and vote all incumbents out (no matter the party) at the next election.

  24. ME says:

    Kuddos to this person, she only speaks the truth.  You can’t fault only the president for this mess, the whole bunch of them had their hands in this, including the senate and congress.  

  25. Schmeltzer, Beaureguard says:

    Pretty ballsy to fly an airplane  with such a message over the New York Skyline. We americans have rights we don’t even use. Be a good American and keep the pressure on Washington. The country is being drained daily by idiots that are accustomed to hand outs.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Update: Beth Ann Bovino, Senior Economist at Standard and Poor’s, in an interview on KNX 1070 this morning, told the interviewer that she had seen the article about this banner over Manhattan.

    Bovino’s comment: The money spent on the banner would be better spent giving it to the government. 

    The interviewer responded: I believe it was only 900$ or so.

  27. Crackerjack634 says:

    Nice to know a crop duster can fly down Wall Street without interference. How safe does that make you feel folks? Can you say nerve gas?

    1. Anonymous says:

      That would be a start.

  28. Hobocats says:

    Disappointed to hear that it was not directed at the S&P.  The S&P was pissed because of all of the bs with bailouts of the “too big to fail corporations”.  They wanted to see a debt ceiling bill before it was too late and due to the GOPs inability to compromise even one bit, it was late.  Not that S&P is running Washington, but it was an arrogant backbiting thing that the S&P did. It was revenge. The other two major credit agencies did not downgrade our credit. S&P showed their behinds and now I hope that are getting all kinds of flack.  I know I emailed the arrogant SOB’s and ask them for my bail out.  The GOP indirectly caused this and you can argue with me until you are blue in the face.  So, I am telling you now, save your breath. The reason the market went so volatile is due to the S&P spewing out their opinion, media grabbing onto to it and then repeating it over and over and over and over like they always do. It permeated all over the freaking planet, ergo the flip flopping of the stock market.

  29. Anonymous says:

    That’s awesome… Though, that same banner should be flown over Washington too.

  30. Anonymous says:

    She’s my hero.  I only wish I had thought of it.

    1. wonder worm says:

      Awesome lady!

  31. Bmitchell181 says:

    She asked to remain anonymous so she could keep her job.  You printed her name.  You guys suck!  Is it that important that the Public’s right to know” now costs her her income for her family?

    1. Justsaying says:

      That is how they keep people quiet. If you speak out against the them…you are outed. Remember the CIA agent that was outed a few years back for her husband’s newspaper article about the lack of evidence to go to war in Iraq?  They put your whole family on the chopping block if you say anything that goes against what they say or do. Sickening.

    2. Foster Kamer says:

      Actually, she outed herself to The Daily.

      1. Jesus says:

        You should out yourself to your family. 

      2. Foster Kamer says:

        Oh, Jesus. You know me too well. In the biblical sense.

  32. Scottworthington says:

    we are the laughing stock of the world, I can’t wait to sell what I have and get the hell out of here while I still can. I’m moving to a neutral country, this country is run by a bunch of greedy idiots, I,ve had it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Joe says:

    Proud to see Ms. Nobbe had the testicles to do what she thought was right!  Thank you for saying what we are all thinking and would be willing to chip in for the cost of the message!  Can’t wait for this “Super Committee” to royally $#*%& up.  NEVER should have been 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats!  Should have been 6 citizens that have NO cards in the political game.  Let them cut the fat from “squirrel research”, and many other ridiculous programs that if they sound stupid and greedy, then they are!  Thanks again!  You go girl!  Joe 

  34. Frumious says:

    Lucy In The Sky With Banner!!!   

    John Lennon would heartily approve.Thank you for a great message delivered with style!!

  35. aaron says:

    Good for her ! KUDOS !   They should all be fired in deed !!!  What a discrace to this country. They should be ashamed of themselves. Purely out of greed and to prove that the Obama administration is wrong, you let the country go down hill. Out of trying to prove a point you elect to disagree on purpose just to discredit the President.

    Will the Republicans do much better ?  I seriously doubt that, because the damage is done and if Republicans get their shot at fixing the problem and fail, they’ll simply use the excuse that is the rally cry ” We couldn’t fix what the Democrats did to this country that last four years under Obama. I’m sick and tired of them bickering and agreeing on nothing. There a bunch of well dressed baffoons running this country. I’m not to keen on Obama either, but for Christ sake get your collective heads out and quit playing this stupid game and get this country back where it should be. Sick, just sick….

    Way to go girl !!!

  36. wonder worm says:

    I love it!

    1. Ray Townsend says:

      I just paid $24,97 for an iPad2 and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,74 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $71,32 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,

  37. Linda says:

    I for one think it is time to also FIRE all Senators and Congressmen for not looking out for the people who elected them.  I am so sad that our country has failed us so badly.  I think each and every voter should seek to unseat these self-centered egotists.  To solve our problems forget the so called “super committee” most of whom have publicly stated very biased opinions already.  Put together a panel of non political people of different ages, races, economic backgrounds, & from accross the country.  This non political panel will get the job done quickly and fairly.

  38. I think that is a great idea for a single mom. The S&P make a mistake that make a big blow for our economy and now is not the time to make mistakes like that. For those that work for S&P, there will so many people, if not all, will be angry at you the way you did for our people. Not happy.

  39. "Mommy" says:

    Good for her for putting out there what many Americans are thinking & feeling!!
    We the People NEED to be the ones to affect change…”We
    hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
    that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
    that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That
    to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving
    their just powers from the consent of the governed, — *****That whenever
    any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the
    Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
    Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its
    powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their
    Safety and Happiness.***** Prudence, indeed, will dictate that
    Governments long established should not be changed for light and
    transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind
    are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right
    themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But
    when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
    same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it
    is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to
    provide new Guards for their future security.”

  40. Joiners3 says:

    I couldn’t agree with her more!!!  Wake up America!!!

  41. JB says:

    Well, I’m sure if she had offered money to them they (media) wouldn’t have printed her name.  They sleep in the same bed as the politicians.  It’s all about the MONEY when you get down to it.  They all suck, hard!!  Vote’em out, and boycot the media!!  Hard to find an honest one in the whole bunch.

  42. Helen Allard says:

    I hope that by God that they got the message…. They should all be fired….

  43. Torgoapproves says:

    I hope she gets fired so she can really feel our pain and realize how stupid it was to blow all that money. The wanted to do this in DC but was too stupid to know it was a no-fly zone. Of course the obedient media gushed away at this instead of reporting real economy news.

    1. JB says:

      HUH?  Hmmm, whose stupid?????

    2. I just paid $24,97 for an iPad2 and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,74 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $71,32 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,

  44. travelin'girl says:

    She is absolutely right!  So absolutely right!  In any other circumstance, any one else would have been fired and out of a job!  Congress should be fired!  I am sooooo incredibly fed up, sooooo incredibly ticked off, angry, frustrated, disgusted, there are not enough words, with Congress, after 2 1/2 years of unemployment since I laid off, at the age of 53 losing absolutely everything I’ve ever worked for and have been scrambling ever since to find a job.  If I could afford it I would help to contribute to fly that banner every single day.  You go girl!  If your company gives you a hard time for voicing your opinions just put it out there and we’ll fight for you. 

  45. Jennifer says:

    Being a single mom is a rewarding and difficult life to lead. You have to be able to juggle multiple tasks at once. You have to work, take care of your home, take care of your kids, and do everything that two parents do, only you have to do it alone.
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