eight millionaires and a plumber

“Eight millionaires and a plumber” is a dismissive reference to President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s first cabinet. Eisenhower’s critics complained that the president’s top advisers were all wealthy and therefore, by implication, out of touch with ordinary people. The only exception – the “plumber” in the phrase – was Marty Durkin, the new labor secretary. Durkin had previously headed up the Plumbers’ Union.