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. You've got to be kidding

    "Israeli officials are very excited to have him,” Tabback told CNN.
    I am sure that the Israeli officials do not even know who this man is....
    What did he do go through a on-line Correspondent School so he thinks he now can go over there and be a "correspondent" ? Give me a break. This man needs to get back to fixing toilets!

    January 7, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Surly Scholar

    Maybe before he tries to earn his reporting credentials, he should earn his plumbing credentials. And his 'not-riding-the-coattails-of-a-failed-campaign' credentials.

    January 7, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Andrew

    14 minutes and 57..58...59 seconds

    How has this guy not fallen of the face of the earth by now.

    January 7, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Good. Now give him an AK 47 along with McCain, Sarah, Todd and Levi and they can join Israel in the fight over Gaza. Talk about getting a bang for your buck!!

    January 7, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Franky

    "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."

    Yeah...just like God helped you on your taxes you owe...greedy kid...

    January 7, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. dave

    Nothing screams credibility like having an inexperienced amateur who admits he is unknowledgable on the subject do journalism work for you. Wasn't this the plot to the second "Romancing the Stone" movie? You know, the really bad one?

    January 7, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. obama-mama

    Well I'll be a monkey's uncle.....The whole world has gone mad....

    January 7, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Amy

    Come on! I am sick and tired of hearing about this guy! Don't you have better things to report on than this dude!

    January 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. rich

    It's really sad when some people dont know when the party is over, the lights have been turned off, and everyone has left the building. Aparently, "Joe the Plumber" is the only one remaining to fix those leaking pipes.

    January 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Big Ed

    You mean "Joe, the Unlicensed Plumber"? Will someone please quit reporting on this opportunistic, lying hot dog? Christian? THOU SHALT NOT LIE!! Does that sound familiar?

    January 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. dan

    He has to thank Obama after all...SHAME!

    January 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Jim Jones

    I thought his 15 minutes had passed us by...guess not...not bad for a guy not named Joe, not a plumber and a tax cheat...wonder why Americans don't trust Republicans? Take Palin and stay over there...

    January 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Jay

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    January 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Central Scruitinizer

    Do the repugs really have to wonder why they have become a national joke? Please take Sarah Palin with you and see if you two could maybe get governmental work over there....and then stay there.

    January 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Chad

    This guy is still getting media coverage? Well so is Palin though so no suprise here.

    January 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. EJ

    This is pathetic. That fact that he's Joe the Plumber makes him knowledgeable on Middle East matters? Shall we get John McCain's mother to host Sportscenter?

    January 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. GTFOH!

    & why is this news?

    January 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    I suppose that, with all the bombing going on, there are more than a few exploding toilets...

    January 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. JB

    What a freaking joke! Do republicans have any standards? Forget standards – do they have any self-respect. Or can any schmoe be a gop superstar?

    Geez.

    January 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    "SAY IT ANI'T SO, JOE"

    This liar is a joke!

    January 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Franky

    By the way, We Conservatives over here believe that the people who are helping them should be ashame. For the record, we don't like fantasies...I'm sure you know.

    Is one thing if you see activists from the left have their own fantasy person who they help with these struggle times but that's not the case. Act like an American, not a f-– guinea pig...

    January 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Juan from L.A

    What a waste of space and reading time. This guy is an idiot and opportunistic. He is like the Paris Hilton in Politics in which he makes news for doing nothing or being pathetic.

    January 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Bob Dog

    Apparently God wasn't able to protect him from male pattern baldness or from a serious case of wardrobe deficiency.

    You have to give Joe credit. Show him a cash rich, superficial, self-serving republican, and Joe "The cameleon" figures out a way to squeeze out an all expenses paid gig.

    January 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. chuck

    I HOPE HE PAYED HIS BACK TAXES AND HE IS TRAVELLING WITH JOE THE FUNERAL GUY .

    January 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Watch out Anderson Cooper, some real competition coming...Joe the Correspondent.

    Proud American January 7th, 2009 2:07 pm ET
    Republican stop jumping all over me for calling you stupid.

    Gee, we're really sorry P.A.. We forgot we shouldn't pick on the mentally handicapped.

    January 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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