"Joe the Plumber" aka Joe Wurzelbacher gained attention in the 2008 US presidential campaign between Obama and McCain and passed away recently.
In the original discussion with Obama that shot him to fame, he said:
Joe: ... I work hard. I'm a plumber, I work 10-12 hours a day ...
Obama: ... How long have you been a plumber? How long have you been working? Joe: Fifteen years.
The New York Times reported at the time:
Joe Wurzelbacher was ... thinking about how to buy the plumbing business where he works. ...
Joe the Plumber ... may work in the plumbing business, but he is not a licensed plumber.
Thomas Joseph, the business manager of Local 50 of the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics, based in Toledo, said Thursday that Wurzelbacher had never held a plumber's license, which is required in Toledo and several surrounding municipalities. He also never completed an apprenticeship and does not belong to the plumber's union, which has endorsed Obama. On Thursday, he acknowledged that he does plumbing work even though he does not have a license.
His family recently said in a GiveSendGo appeal [before his death]:
Joe works as a plumber in Toledo and Katie is a stay-home mother. Joe picked plumbing as his AFSC during his time in the Air Force and has always enjoyed plumbing. ... After leaving the political field, Joe happily went back to plumbing. He truly enjoys working and loves solving all kinds of plumbing problems.
Wurzelbacher appears to have stretched the truth or been misinformed in his initial Obama encounter. (He was not a licensed plumber. He lived in a modest house and owed $1100 in taxes, yet he was "getting ready to buy a company that makes about $250,000, $270-$280,000 a year." which seems inconsistent.)
Did Joe perform plumbing work after he left the Air Force, prior to 2008?