January 8th, 2009
07:01 AM ET
14 years ago

Joe the plumber headed to Middle East

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(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. Proud American

    TCM January 7th, 2009 2:23 pm ET

    It's bad when a plumber outshines the president -elect….in fact, Obama and cronies were so worried about this guy, the minute after the "historic," meeting between the two, Obama staffers were busy rifling through local government documents to see what they could find to discredit a single American….too funny! The mighty Corrupt Democratic machine scrambling from one question from a private citizen….! What a representation of leadership that was; we're in trouble!
    I thought you said you and your mom were going fishing today. This is why the republican party has failed so miserbly. McCain, Bush, Palin, Joe the Plummer and the list goes on and on.

    January 7, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. obama-mama

    Joe the journalist....Wow....

    January 7, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Richard

    Only the 26%ers could believe that "a plumber outshines the president-elect ". That's the personal quality that they have come to expect from their party.

    January 7, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. AEK

    Sorry, forgot one thing from my earlier post...
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, oh my sides, hahahahahahahahahahaha, get me a tissue, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Human Being

    Bye Joe!. he is going to end up a red splatter all over the street. Bad Idea. and even it's even worse this guy is getting any more air time.. He is a lier. He Lied to the whole world.

    January 7, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Chip

    Why did I even bother getting a journalism degree?

    January 7, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Lauren the Designer

    Sideshow freak.

    January 7, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. knowlege

    this is really a joke! Early April Fools Day!! lol

    January 7, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Anne E.

    Israel: meet Joe the Shlemiel.

    Next thing we'll be hearing is that this dunderhead will be co-hosting some show with ex-"journalist'-turned-governor Sarah Palin; to be produced by Levi Johnston.

    January 7, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Derek

    Joe the Plummer as a reporter in Israel? Sure why not....he might be really good at it for all I know. He can't be any worse than the pro-Hamas CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.... It would be nice to get a perspective from the Israelis, our ally, rather than the Hamas, a terrorist organization.

    January 7, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. JohnM

    Why are you liberals so scared of a simple plumber?


    January 7, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. NICK

    Pajama Media must be owned by Fox News or a Rich Republican.
    Joe "the nit wit"plumber, is going to Gaza to report on the status of the war.. This idiot, who is not licenced as a plumber, does not own a small business, who will never earn $250.000.a year, who owes back taxes on his home and income, will now be rewarded for being stupid, uninformed, and shameless.. Add this to the Palin mess, and we have a lot to thank McCain for... These republicans never cease to amaze me.

    January 7, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. anonymous

    I am SOOOOOOO tired about hearing about thisguy. This guy is pathedic! Seriously, he had his story shared on television and now he thinks he is a great god coming down to bring peace. WHAT A MORON.

    January 7, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. TCM

    HAHA.... "ANGIE"
    proved my point;

    ANGIE January 7th, 2009 2:36 pm ET

    Well my god what is the world coming too a lying non plumber who owes taxes is going to the Middle East what the f is going on???

    You see, she's regurgitating exactly what the Obama cronies dug up on this private citizen....their mudslinging in attempts to draw attention away from the fact that Obama may have had to answer his question...honestly.....and this campaign tactic worked time and again for Obama...anytime an issue arose about Obama, his cronies quickly reversed the topic with something out of context; a slight of hand...3 card monty...of course, CON men, are good at that.

    January 7, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Marilyn

    I think the average IQ in this country drops by at least 10 points each year. How much more stupid can we get??? Why does anyone take this guy seriously???

    As for the porn industry bailout, even if this were true, I'd say they deserve it as much as GM did.

    January 7, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. BS not Maverick

    in a word, FOOL!

    January 7, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Jimmy

    I am interested on hearing reports on Joe the Bulletcatcher.

    January 7, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Miller

    So Joe is going to Israel. So What? And so what if he has no journalistic experience? He is entitled to his opinions and just as qualified to observe as many of the so-called journalists I listen to.

    The saddest part of the whole Israeli/Hamas affair is that the Palistinian people do not seem to make any attempt to stop Hamas themselves.

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

    January 7, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Kim

    What happened to his country music career?

    January 7, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. California Gold

    Smell test problem. Pajama TV? I would love to know which Israeli officials and why they are excited to have Pajama TV and Joe the Plumber in their war zone.

    January 7, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. liz

    Please tell me this is a joke! I knwo many seasoned REAL journalists who beg to be sent into real news like this, why is this nobody "reporting" on it? Oh I knwo because he will say whatever they tell him to.

    January 7, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Steve in DC

    Wow...this world is truley Amazing.

    January 7, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Are you kidding?

    Joe the Idiot.

    January 7, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. John in Ohio

    I think I just became sympathetic to the Palestinians.

    January 7, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. cph9680

    Ok, really now!
    This is just ridiculous. Not only is he not a plumber, he's not a journalist either.
    He needs to get lost and go back to being a loser like he was before

    January 7, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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