I haven’t gone near the whole ugliness of “Joe The Plumber”. JTP is the guy who currently lives in Ohio, named Samuel J. Wurzelbacher. He approached Barack Obama on a street in Toledo, early in October. Mr. Wurzelbacher then proceeded to present a fictional version of who he was and what his hopes and dreams were.
Yet even as JTP was spinning out his tall tale, likely a premeditated one, Barack Obama took the time to carefully and honestly answer all his questions and respond to his concerns.
George Packer has a brief, thoughtful and insightful piece on one aspect of the original encounter between Barack Obama and JTP in his latest post in the New Yorker.
May this be the last we have to hear of JTP.