The man who became a thorn in the side of Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election has died.
Joe Wurzelbacher, otherwise known as “Joe the Plumber,” recently lost his battle with cancer, reported NBC News.
Joe had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and sadly, his fight against this horrific disease did not last very long.
Better or Worse
If you recall, Joe was the topic of the day during the presidential debates for the 2008 race.
This is because he very publicly questioned if Obama’s economic plan was going to work for small business owners like himself.
Ironically, not long after Obama took office, the economy collapsed.
Conservative radio host Derek Hunter broke the news of Wurzelbacher’s death.
He posted, “Horrible news. My good friend Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, passed away this morning at the age of 49 from pancreatic cancer.
“He was a good man and an exceptional friend. Please consider helping his widow and young children here.”
Horrible news. My good friend Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, passed away this morning at the age of 49 from pancreatic cancer. He was a good man and an exceptional friend. Please consider helping his widow and young children here https://t.co/oFczc0urX2
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 27, 2023
Wurzelbacher’s wife added additional context, stating, “Joe had been having stomach issues for about 3 months, which eventually became painful. On December 26th, he’d had enough of the pain and we went to the VA emergency room in Ann Arbor.
“They ran tests and performed scans which showed a mass in the head of his pancreas. The mass was restricting one of his biliary ducts, so they classified it as Stage 3 cancer,” reported the Daily Caller.
This man has a story that is very relatable to many of us.
He started his own small business and was facing economic challenges from taxes that were crushing small business owners, and still are. I would say that the fact that the economy crashed not long after Obama took over was proof that Joe’s concerns were right at the time.
Rest in peace, my friend, and thank you for your service to this country.