January 8th, 2009
07:01 AM ET
6 years ago

Joe the plumber headed to Middle East

Then-Sen. Obama's chance meeting with Wurzelbacher on the campaign trail in October turned the Ohio plumber into a nationally-known figure.
Then-Sen. Obama's chance meeting with Wurzelbacher on the campaign trail in October turned the Ohio plumber into a nationally-known figure.

(CNN) – Joe Wurzelbacher: Plumber. Campaign celebrity. Foreign correspondent?

‘Joe the Plumber’ is headed overseas to try his hand at covering the conflict in Gaza, Wurzelbacher’s publicist Thomas Tabback confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

Wurzelbacher plans to spend 10 days in Israel reporting on the conflict for pjtv.com, a Web site run by conservative media outlet Pajamas Media.

The famous plumber will be focusing on the Israeli perspective on the situation. "It's tragic, I mean it really is,” Wurzelbacher told CNN affiliate WNWO “I don't say that in any little way. It's very tragic, but at the same time what are the Israeli people supposed to do.”

Wurzelbacher told WNWO he’s not worried about the potential dangers of his new gig. "Being a Christian I'm pretty well protected by God I believe. That's not saying he's going to stop a mortar for me, but you gotta take the chance,” he told the CNN affiliate.

“Israeli officials are very excited to have him,” Tabback told CNN.


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  1. PoliticoMike

    Take Palin with you and stay there!

    January 7, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. SENATUS POPOLUSQUE ROMANUS

    That's the best JOKE I have heard in a long time AHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

    January 7, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Israel can have him. They deserve him.

    January 7, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Greed is not good

    anything for money or having to get a real job

    January 7, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Newport News, VA

    While he's there, he should visit the West Bank and Gaza. They'll welcome with open arms:)

    January 7, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. gary n.

    I'd support Larry Flynt's request for 5 billion $ for the porn industry before I would support this guy !

    January 7, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. G

    First the porn federal aid now this 2009 is starting to look like another weird and strange year.

    January 7, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Proud American

    Republican stop jumping all over me for calling you stupid. This article speaks for itself. What a bunch of Idiots.

    January 7, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Al, NY NY

    He is NOT A PLUMBER!!!!!! When is the media gonna refer to him properly..."Joe the unemployed but eager to be exploited puppet of the Republicans?" And since he doesn't have a real job, the position on the "Pajamas Media" staff fits perfectly since he probably walks around in his all day.

    January 7, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Trust

    Well this is why republicans are considered stupid people . This clown inserts him self in politics. Is this the best you have to offer Joe. Well let him run for president on the repub ticket 2012. Dumb people.

    January 7, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    How much does he charge for house calls to Gaza?

    January 7, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. west

    who is joe the plumber, while qualified plumbers spend hours working, joe keep living on bnenefits and confusing peole. please stopp this issuie of joe the plumber. its completely against the law decieving american people.

    January 7, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Karen - Missouri

    What a joke!

    January 7, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. I second that thought, Mike!

    PoliticoMike at 2:01pm

    You stole the words right out of my mouth!

    January 7, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. AndrewW

    Am I the only one who felt a chill up their spine by that last line?

    "Israeli officials are very excited to have him."

    January 7, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. John

    See ya and never come back

    January 7, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Cincinnatian

    ...because God loves and protects christians more than those less-loved, less-protected, non-beleivers...

    Sad.

    January 7, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. west

    he is not a plumber please, stop this issue of joe the plumber

    January 7, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. FBI

    Say It Ain't So Joe....you are asking for trouble!

    January 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. bottom feeders

    Is there anything CNN wont do for ratings?We should have known from day one that he was a far right wing plant.The truely stupid are taking over the planet or are they podpeople?This is getting really scarey now.

    January 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Maggie SC

    I am just happy to see our next commander in chief make peace with joe the plummer. there i hope for us as you can see as two different races meet face to face and shake hands. that handshake says a lot.

    January 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Jazz

    Some people love the attention of a fast life, but what does a plumber have to offer Israeli. Joe get the money and look stupid. Without a real plumber job you are really making a name for yourself. Where is Sarah and John?

    January 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Steve from TN

    jo-jo could man up and join the US Army and win the wars in iraq and afganistan for us . With the Man on his side it should be a cinch; of course he must understand the people we invaded feel the Man is on their side too. Then he could hop on over to Gaza and finish those bad guys off, whoever the bad guys are.

    January 7, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Proud American

    God I love this country, you can always find a Idiot republican somewhere. Who know maybe Joe the Plummer can bring Peace to the Middle East, God knows your Idiot sitting President couldn't. God Bless America

    January 7, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Justin

    I blame McCain.

    January 7, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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