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. MsRotten

    I think JTP and SaRahRahRah Palin should have their own show over on FAUX "News". That would truly be their calling!!

    January 7, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. jbs ohio

    I really think joe the so called plumber is on drugs.I'm glad he is staying in the media.This is the retart who asked Obama one question and now he thinks he knows more than CNN,MSNBC REPORTERS.And by the way, how was he going to buy his bossses shop? he can't even pay his taxes.HE SHOULD TAKE CAMBELL BROWN WITH HIM,AND THAT'S NO BULL-

    January 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Susan

    “An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.”
    - John Gardiner

    a society that exalts a plumber (or would-be plumber) just because he figured briefly in a political campaign, deserves whatever it gets!

    January 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. sick n tired

    Just one question CNN. WHO CARES?????????

    January 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. arc, Lugano CH

    The conservative media outlet Pajamas Media is dismissing the severity of the current situation in Gaza by sending this individual. What exactly is his purpose for going there besides 'focusing on the Israeli perspective on the situation', which is pretty much 100% of what is already covered each and every day.

    Is Joe ‘The Country First Patriot' going to stand up and say 'All Arabs & Muslims are Terrorists'...?

    You don't need to tell Americans Conservatives that. They already believe that.

    January 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I guess the thousands of out-of-work journalists with masters degrees couldn't cut it?!

    Personal to TCM: Joe the Plumber handled all the discrediting of himself without any help from anyone!!! Your party latched their wagon to him and came out looking like fools when his credentials didn't stack up!!!

    January 7, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. dallas female

    he is the epitome of what the middle east HATES about america.

    prayers be with you as some of those militants have no hesitation to taking a white american pseudo politician and kidnapping them..

    would be ironic because he would have to call on Obama to save him.

    many prayers Joe the non plumber!

    January 7, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Sue

    I like you, Joe, but you're in over your head.

    January 7, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Max (NY)

    Who cares?

    January 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Mike in Philly

    Sounds like Joe is willing to do anything for money except plumbing. :-)

    January 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    This was a good joke. Maybe the punch line could have been changed to include the fact that he was taking Palin and a pardoned Turkey with him.

    January 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. anonymous

    are you kidding me, who does this guy think he is, with foreign experience he suddenly thinks he has the credentials

    January 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Mean people suck. I can't beleive they all write in to CNN.

    January 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. anonymous

    i meant to say without foreign experience

    January 7, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. oknfl

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    Thanks CNN, I needed a good laugh.

    January 7, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. wwf

    The jokes keep getting dumber and dumber. That being said, if the guy can make a buck out of this whole farse, more power to him. Maybe he can give Palin's daughter's boyfriend a job. Unless he needs a diploma to get one.

    January 7, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. dick delson

    Did you know that Joe the Plumber didn't even have a license to work at his job? And he's going to Israel to solve the Palestinian situation. Why not send Sarah Palin. She can probably see Gaza from her back yard. She is beyond dumb.

    January 7, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. cpndave

    Keep your Butt low Joe! On second thought take Moosehead Barbie Palin with you. Two birds with one stone.

    January 7, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Soccer Nana

    Why is this fake plumber trying to be in the same limelight with PE Obama and other politicians? He brushes off Senator McCain and now he wants to "pretend" he is a politician, just like he "pretended" to be a business owner. All of a sudden he is using God in his tidbits of he thinks are sentences. Unbelievable! I hope he pays his back taxes, child support or whatever he owes with the money he will make. Well, when he tries to "run" for congress, the big boys will remind him of who he is not. LOL.

    January 7, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Rich

    Keep it up GOP, Your really going to attract voters by throwing this moron out there all the time.

    January 7, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Viet Vet

    In Memoriam: Joe the Plumber RIP, Moron

    January 7, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Haha

    The only story funnier than the porno bailout request. Thanks CNN for all the laughs.

    January 7, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Butch Dillon

    Here's hoping that an accurately aimed Hammas rocket lands on Samuel the plumber.

    January 7, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Flick

    "The famous plumber will be focusing on the Israeli perspective on the situation."

    That's the ONLY side anyone ever focuses on anyway. And what are the Israeli people to do? Well, for a start their government could actually observe a ceasefire to the end.

    Back to Joe the Plumber. It's just a publicity stunt.

    January 7, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Doug

    I live in a blue state and have seen many lib cars with stickers on them that say Joe the plumber should be killed.

    While conservative Americans want terrorists killed, the average liberal Democrat wants his or her fellow Americans killed who have views that differ from their own, or dare question their Messiah.

    The hate inside the average lib is strong, if Obama told them to bomb conservative radio stations, most Democrats would be straping the C4 to their bodies within minutes. Yeah, and they will tell you how tolerant they are, that's how much they value honesty as well.

    January 7, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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