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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  1. Larry from RI

    So now he's a war correspondent?
    Next we will be hearing that he is a real "journalist" and is getting ready to buy the Washington Post – if it weren't for that pesky Obama guy wanting to raise his taxes and all!

    Is the leadership of the GOP this stupid or have the moderates abandoned leadership to those who would take advantage of those left in the party who are?

    January 7, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Griff

    Don't forget about The Toto's.... No Bias.... No Dictator's... No Religion... Israel! Just people... Palistinian?? So much could be acheived.... But! Cut out Religion... Let all the Little Folk decide... Put them all in a Park. far away from their parents....

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

    1. Joe the republican
    2 Joe the plumber(unlicenced)
    3 Joe the politician
    4 Joe the country musician
    5 Joe the business owner
    6 Joe the DTV informer
    7 Joe the book writer
    8 Joe the journalist
    what next.....Joe the senator?

    January 7, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Rob

    Maybe if they send him deaad-center of the fray, without body armor we can at least rest comfortably with the idea that a 7.69mm round will find its mark and we will never hear from this fool again.....

    January 7, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Hayes

    I agree with the common theme of the posts that this is not news worthy. I find out interesting that CNN thinks this is news worthy while Ann Coulter continues to spew hate. More interesting, she does this while wearing a cross to demonstrate her faith. That is someone people should blog about because she is extremely dangerous.

    January 7, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. kathaleenmarie

    ~JohnM... can't say as we're Scared of a "simple" (brained?) plumber, just a pretend plummer going to the gaza strip to be a pretend reporter. hmmmmm....~

    January 7, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. JP

    Oh my God what a disaster, so this is the same man who wanted to be left alone yet he still wants to have his 15 minutes of fame. Only in America!

    January 7, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. BJ

    Someone has to go over there and fix this...Hillary will be too busy learning how to run from a helicopter in a serpentine fashion...

    January 7, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. phil.c

    joe the freaking plumber, what a character. soon he will be running for the president of the united states. rem i told ya all this.

    January 7, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Commode-in-Chief

    He could flush out militants.

    January 7, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Cori from Colorado

    This guy is a total idiot. He's not a journalist, he's not a reporter. Hello! He's a plumber, and not even a licensed one. What is the world coming to?

    I hope this whole "gig" blows up in his face when he realizes he doesn't have the skills to report on anything but plugged up toilets. What a joke. Do us a favor plumber boy, and stay there.

    January 7, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. a

    January 7th, 2009 2:46 pm ET

    "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."

    Your military shouldn't even be in Afghanistan or Iraq!!

    January 7, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Erik S.

    You guys (most of the posters) made him famous, same as you are still making Palin a force. You all just don't get it do you? It's always someone else's fault or someone else is stupid. I say this again, look in the mirror fools. You keep on harping on Palin and how stupid she is and keeping her in the public eye and in a few years you will really have something to cry about, again, because it's someones elses fault. Idiots.

    January 7, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. 52 yr. old white Houston oil man

    Palin should seriously consider this guy for VP. They'd make a perfect ticket (of idiots).

    January 7, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Ryan

    This is insulting to journalists everywhere. Many of us go to school then labor in news rooms for years developing our interviewing skills, our writing skills, our diction, our camera presence, etc. Reporters are a unique breed who crave information. This jerk can't even properly complete a plumber's apprenticeship. I'm insulted.

    January 7, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Sick Personon Board!!!

    @TCM JOE THE FAKE TCM THE FLAKE ......Joe Take TCM with you PLZ!!!!

    January 7, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Who Cares?

    Good, I hope the Iraquis keep him over there. Don't come back you idiot.

    January 7, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Charles L. Shaw, Liverpool, NY

    So Joe is stupid? Why because he did not buy an MBA from Harvard or Yale?
    I like to remind everyone here that the greatest leaders in history were not part of the top 97% of intellectuals. It was the average guy that stormed the beaches at Normandy, it was the average Joe who downed a plane on it way to the White House to cause it's destruction in 09/11/2001. George Washington was a farmer first, received his PHD after his Presidency. Rockefeller, Joe Kennedy, Ford, the list is endless, that is why this used to be the land of opportunity! Before Socialism.
    It is the average American taxpayer who will burden the national debt.
    There are too many here in the blog that feel that they are somehow better and above someone else, yet their own rationalities reveal the true self.
    You go Joe and be all that you can be.

    January 7, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. April fools day?

    This is lower than snail bleep.We are in deep stink.And I didnt think it could get much worse,wow was I wrong.

    January 7, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Melissa B ~ California

    I am sick of hearing and reading about Joe the FAKE plumber. The GOP used this bald, shaved-head white guy trying to rally their base, and they lost the presidential election. Why McCain chose Joe Wurzelbacher as the icon for the republican voters was not about ralling the race–sorry my freudian slip–the base, I meant the base.

    Being of mostly Irish background I have no problem stating my view about their questionable choice for a middle american icon. I was hoping this "grifter" would disappear into the sunset. My hopes were dashed! Now this charlatan is trying his hand as a news journalist for a conservative web site. How apropo! Most Americans are sick of the Joe the plumber saga. Enough is enough. HELLO! Don't give this man any more undeserved attention. There are real problems and issues more news worthy than this CON MAN!

    January 7, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. stefan

    only in america ...

    January 7, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. NJVote08

    Peace January 7th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

    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!
    ______________________________________________________
    You know, I think that you're right!

    January 7, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Canuck

    Another somewhat memorable Republican campaign effort....McCain who and oh ya, Joe the Plumber
    Then there was Sarah...........................................................

    January 7, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. MsRotten

    An the Republican Party wants the World to take them seriously??? I bet JTP can't even find Gaza on a map!

    I hope the Middle Easterner's are as sick of JTP as we are and hopefully someone will shoot him dead! Ha! lol

    This is as funny as "Porn industry requests bailout". The jokes just keep coming today!

    January 7, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Ghost

    "Chip January 7th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

    Why did I even bother getting a journalism degree?"

    Hilarious, Chip. I bet Palin is asking herself the same thing.

    January 7, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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