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. derek frantz

    joe the liar, what happened to buying the plumbing business? oh yeah it came out that he was not telling the truth anyway... for the sake of all americans to not be mislead by this liar anymore, hopefully, he will not come back to the usa.

    January 7, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Ariana

    Focusing on the Israeli perspective???? Isn't that what the media is for??????

    January 7, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    want to go Joe?

    ENLIST

    January 7, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Mike

    Joe the moron.

    Please, please, please, may we never hear from you ever again.

    January 7, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Matt

    @ Dan the Man

    The only pipe this moron fixes is filled with crack.

    January 7, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Ariana

    "The Jews have made their position quite clear: Stop firing rockets into Isreal and Isreal will stop trashing Gaza. How hard is that?"

    Miller,

    Maybe Israelis should let the Palestinians have COMPLETE control of Gaza. Maybe they should let them control the land, water, borders and airspace. The fact is these people have no real rights. Get a clue!

    January 7, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. texasgreenacres

    ALL I WANT TO KNOW IS ARE WE GONNA CALL HIM SOME SORT OF HERO IF HE GETS HIS BUTT SHOT OFF?

    January 7, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Hankers

    Actually, Joe the Liar will fit in real nice with rest of the Zionist controlled media scum. Used again... sigh!

    January 7, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Ray

    No wonder I'm depress reading all this crap from CNN.

    January 7, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Louis

    THE QUESTION IS–Can Sarah Palin see Hamas from her house?

    January 7, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Craig

    No doubt he'll be accompanied by an entourage of cable news reporters dutifully reporting his every utterance. Here we go again.

    January 7, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Sue

    Wouldn't be surprised if this opportunistic fraud fell victim to 'friendly' fire.

    January 7, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Ray

    Good Job CNN

    January 7, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Leah from FL

    Palin – Wurzelbacher for 2012! They are both in some type of religious stupor and seem perfect for the RNC.

    January 7, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. California Gold

    Protected by God. Yea right Joe. If this is your first trip to Israel and over to that region you will be growing up real quick. Keep reminding yourself you are "protected by God".

    January 7, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Rachel

    I call him a phoney! Where is he getting all the funds to do this. I also think he is a con man. I don't know why we have to constantly see him and Palin in the news. I guess the media does't get it that they are pandering to two egotists that are about as stupid and they come!
    As far as Flint and his wanting a bail out. That's the joke of the month!
    He's skimmed money out of that business for years. Why doesn't he just retire and go away. Preferably with Joe and Sarah! Better yet if Joe the Plumber still owes back taxes why doesn't he pay them first! We all have. Idiot! Another chapter in the political circus.

    January 7, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    As if that idiot has any legitimate credentials to "cover" ANYTHING! Why don't they just send Trig Palin?

    January 7, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. rob

    Sickening, this idiot and his backers need to go away. Just brought back reminders of McCain and Palin. Sickening!

    January 7, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Adrian Veidt

    Did no one tell him his 15 minutes have expired already?

    January 7, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Jay

    So many ignorant comments on here. Too be expected from the media driven sheep of the USA. No one cares about Joe the plumber. No one cares about Paulin. Stop feeding us articles about these people. Also stop feeding us dooms day reports day after day. No wonder they call CNN the communist news network. It's our word or no ones. I'll be shocked if this comment actually gets posted as you people usually filter out anything that doesn't agree with your agenda. You people hate fox news? You should be hating this place as well because all they try to feed you is dooms day scenarios one day then puppy dogs and rainbows the next and filter out anyone who disagree's with them.

    January 7, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Proud American

    I heard he's set to end the conflict in Gaza and bring peace to the middle east. This information can be found on Bush's state dept. wed site.

    January 7, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. April fools day?

    Did Sarah and Joe get to make the cover of hustler too?

    January 7, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Jim

    You have got to be kidding me? So he is qualified to be a reporter, huh? Well, I guess it's not like it's a profession where you need a license or anything.

    January 7, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl

    Time for another stupid CNN opinion poll

    January 7, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. ga.

    God Bless Israel.

    January 7, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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