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You Supply Joe the Plumber’s Punchline….

picture of Obama and Joe the plumber

The nickname "Joe the plumber" has become a household word, not only in the USA, but also all over the world. Many people have identified with this hardworking man and consider themselves Joe the carpenter, Jo the beautician, etc. I heard an interview with Joe last week and learned that, not having asked for this attention, he is not especially enjoying it and is quite angry about the invasions of his privacy by some agencies. On the right is a Reuters picture of the encounter of Obama and Joe that has catapulted a reluctant Joe into the limelight. If you'd like to read more about Joe the plumber, there's an article about him on Wikipedia.

Today someone sent me a Joe the plumber joke with the punch line missing on purpose. I thought it would be the perfect blog post for today. I know that there are some highly developed senses of humor that frequent my blog, and I appeal to my readers to comment with what they think would be the perfect punch line for this joke about another encounter of Joe and Obama.


Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink and calls Joe the plumber to come and fix it.

Joe drives to Obama's house, which is in a very nice neighborhood where it's clear that all the residents make more than $250,000 per year (or $200,000 per year or $150,000 per year, depending on who's speaking and when).

Joe arrives and takes his tools into the house. He's shown the room that contains the leaky pipe under the sink. Joe figures it's an easy job that will take less than ten minutes. Obama is standing near the door and asks Joe how much it will cost.

Joe immediately says, "$9,500."

"$9,500?" Obama replies stunned. "But you said it's an easy job!"

"Yeah, but what I do is charge a lot more to my clients who make more than $250,000 per year so I can fix the plumbing of everybody who makes less than that for free," responds Joe.

Obama tells Joe there's no way he's paying that much, so Joe leaves.

A week later the leak gets so bad that the Obamas have had to put a bucket under the sink, and it fills up every two hours, so they call Joe back. Joe goes back to the Obamas', looks at the leaky pipe, and says, "It'll cost you about $21,000."

Obama exclaims, "A few days ago you told me it would cost only $9,500!"

Joe explains, "Well, a lot of rich people are learning how to fix their own plumbing, so there are fewer of you paying for all the free plumbing we're doing for the people who make less than $250,000 - and I refuse to charge the lesser income people for plumbing work."

Obama tries to straighten out Joe. "But don't you get it? If all the rich people learn how to do their own plumbing and you won't charge the poor people, what will you do for money?"

Joe immediately replies, "_______."


I'm looking forward to what my readers will come up with as the perfect punchline! I'm going to hold off publishing the comments until a lot of them accumulate. It will be interesting to compare them, once published.

Along the same lines as the story above.... My wife Becka said she was reading a blog she does not usually visit the other day - from a link on a blog she frequents - and read the following account: The blogger said that she recently went to a restaurant for dinner. Just outside the restaurant was a homeless man wearing an Obama t-shirt. Her waiter was also wearing an Obama t-shirt. At the end of the meal she told her waiter that since he and the homeless man were both for Obama, she was going to give the $10 tip she was planning to give the waiter to the homeless man outside instead. The waiter was not a happy man - apparently desirous that the "spreading the wealth around" be someone else's money.


"God has no problem making the unlikely happen." - Dr. Drew Conley

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You can tell the quality of people by the way they treat the people they don't need.

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17 Comments on “You Supply Joe the Plumber’s Punchline….”

  1. #1 Laura
    on Nov 3rd, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    “Run for office!”

  2. #2 John Steel
    on Nov 3rd, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    My line is? “I’ll run for president!”

  3. #3 Trenton
    on Nov 3rd, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    “I guess I will have to run for president. If you can do it, truly anyone can.”

  4. #4 LeAnne
    on Nov 4th, 2008 at 7:56 am

    “Run for president!”

  5. #5 Vikki
    on Nov 4th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Go on welfare.

  6. #6 Dan
    on Nov 4th, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I can’t think of anything clever . . . sell pipes?

    You should add another selection to your poll question–”I’m always sleepy anyway.”

  7. #7 Sandrew
    on Nov 4th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    “Get it from the government!” or “Quit working and go on unemployment.”

    By the bye, Lob, I voted first thing this morning (went at 6:45 and was out an hour and 10 minutes later–not too bad, considering the vast lineup behind me). While waiting (almost to the inner doorway), Phil (your best friend) entered, and we greeted each other. I wonder how long it took him to get thru the line. I was hoping to see you as well, but you apparently waited until later to go. Sorry I missed you!

  8. #8 Doodie
    on Nov 4th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Punch line: “I’ll run for president.”

  9. #9 chelseabites
    on Nov 4th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I’m amazed by the incredible amount of public interest in both Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin. Good or bad, they’ve become somewhat of a pop icon. With Palin, people are dressing like her to be and/or mock her all at the same time.

    For instance, I found this video on dressing like Palin:


  10. #10 Michael
    on Nov 4th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Two suggestions:

    1. “Run for president.”

    2. “Trademark my name.”

  11. #11 Dave
    on Nov 5th, 2008 at 2:13 am

    Joe immediately replies, “I’ll let you worry about that.”

  12. #12 Dan Sehested
    on Nov 5th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Joe’s reply: “That depends. How long will it be before you start redistributing the wealth?”

  13. #13 Rob
    on Nov 6th, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for the good punchlines! It’s funny to see how close (or even identical) some of them are.

    @Sandrew – I wasn’t able to get away from my class schedule until 4:00. I voted, hit Starbucks at Cherrydale for my free coffee, and was still home at 4:45!

    @chelseabites – Thanks for the link to the fun video. Is that your own site and did you produce the video?

  14. #14 Janet
    on Nov 6th, 2008 at 9:00 am

    “Rob from the rich and give to the . . . . me.”

  15. #15 Karen
    on Apr 10th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    “I’ll do volunteer work and sign up for a government bailout!”

  16. #16 Rob
    on Apr 10th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    @Karen – You seem to have caught on very quickly to how the system “works”….

  17. #17 Frank Workman
    on Jul 29th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    “Pretend I am starting an abortion clinic or a gay-lesbian charity and apply to the government for funding.”

    “Pretend I am organizing an alternate life-style charity and apply for government funding.”