January 8th, 2009
07:01 AM ET
5 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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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Jackie

    Come on guys....give joe the peacemaker a chance! He's going on behalf of Bush!

    January 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. McCrazy

    January 7th, 2009 2:13 pm ET

    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.

    This is a joke right? Since this handshake was before we ever had the misfortune of meeting this tax evading, fake plumbing loser.

    January 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Disillusioned

    Good for you, Joe.

    January 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Wendy NC

    Do Republicans want anyone to ever take them seriously again? Look at the crop of uneducated, unintelligent people they 'cling to'.

    January 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Alice

    Al, NY NY

    You are right that he is not really a plumber. But he will always be "Joe the Plumber" to the media. (Was Alexander the Great really great? How about Ivan the Terrible? They're just nicknames.)

    January 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. don

    is it April the 1st already Wow! this year sute flew by! This has got to be a premature Aprils fool joke! That moron is about as stupid as PJTV. I heard he is going over they to get a plumber license.

    January 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Bradley Robb

    Let the Israelis know they are free to keep him.

    January 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. David Newport, OR

    TCM...a little light in the shed? Here, let me turn it on for you. FYI...we have a president already. Will have him for another 13 days. This is not the US's problem to solve.

    January 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Has this guy ever served in the military, if not he needs to join our military, if they will have him, and relieve some of our military in Afgan or Iraq.

    January 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Another Reader...

    Dude seriously..? Why is he still even a topic for discussion..?

    Lame :|

    January 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. LYNETTE IN CA

    WHAT THA!!!

    January 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Page Turner

    Another Jeff Gannon...rephrasing the talking points handed to him.

    January 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. danny

    Just what the world needs...another 80's IQ, uneducated, opinion throwing, no talent, TV reporter. Wait! Is Joe working for Fox News??? He'll fit right in!

    January 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Peace

    Joe the Plumber is looking far ahead. He is now starting to build-up his foreign policy credentials. He might be one of candidates in 2012. Good luck the plumber!

    January 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Mark

    Dear Joe,
    Please stop by Iraq while your there put your bald head in a $10,000 toilet built by Halliburton/KBR for our troops and flush repeatedly. By the way, since the water quality provided for our troops by these "private contractors" is horrible, you might want to take some anti-biotics first. Good luck and please stay there....

    Sincerely,
    The enlightened portion of the American public

    January 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Does this lunatic even have a high school education? No, well he can go to Alaska and become an apprentice without one, since he buttered up to his good ole' gal pal, Sarah, watch out bubba, you are going to be replaced.

    January 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. HB IN LA

    Maybe he can pay his taxes while he is there.

    January 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. ga.

    bailout porn, when our families are going without proper food and shelter, no wonder america has collasped, with crazy people like this . GOD HELP US TO STOP DESTROYING OURSELVES.

    January 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Laverne

    Only in America can an unlicensed, no brain plumber all of a sudden become a news correspondent. Gosh, there is hope for some of us bloggers after all!

    January 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. HTA, Chicago, IL

    This guy should go away.

    January 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. pepe

    Joe is riding his 15 minutes of fame hard. I know the economy is harsh. But Joe the reporter?

    Coming to you live from Gaza, this is Joe the unlicensed plumber. Since the elections, I haven't been invited into your living room, so I thought I'd come in anyway. This time I coming as an ordained con artist. I am looking to turn the rest of my 15 munites into roll over minutes. I will do so under the umbrella of heaven– Christian Power....

    Now, getting back to the situation on the ground, Israel should: bomb bomb bomb.

    January 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Len

    I wonder if has paid his back taxes before he leaves the country!

    January 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Eric the Independant

    Joe the Tool merely searches his opinions for formulate a "fact" (or mis-fact) instead of the other way around. Why does he need this job? I thought plumbing was recession-proof? Oh wait, he's not a plumber, just a liar. Lying is certainly recession-proof...

    January 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. donna

    He's not going to be in the "thick" of anything like Anderson Cooper...he'll probably be on the outskirts of town with a few random spurts of violence...

    I'm more worried that CNN is considering this newsworthy!!!!!

    January 7, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Valarie

    Wow, he's still making headlines I see...CNN please post something newsworthy!! I wonder how he can afford this trip?!?

    January 7, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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