But auguring financial pandemonium aside, don't forget that the Smurfs have been through worse. Remember the controversial UNICEF spot in which they were firebombed. I believe the spot asks support for those displaced by conflicts around the world. Helicopter pilot Ben Bernanke would do a splendid Gargamel.
Contrast the prescient Smurfs with the hapless Barack Obama. Instead of assuring anyone that America remained a solid proposition, all he managed to do was accelerate the sell-off by going live to...I do not know what. After making the ludicrous statement that "this is the United States of America. No matter what some agency says, we will always be a triple A country," the sell-off accelerated.
Judging by the evidence, I guess more folks believe their investments are going to be made small and rather blue by Stupid America Fiscal Tricks than Obama's tragicomic bloviating about American exceptionalism. While most of the world's major bourses fell precipitously on Monday, none fell more than that where the Smurfs made an earlier appearance. Coincidence? I think not.
The "new normal" may be recessionary conditions: how's that thought for you, America #1 cheerleaders?