To cleanse the palate. In case you were wondering whether shutting veterans out of war memorials, shrugging off kids with cancer, and chortling that Democrats don’t care when the shutdown ends has O a tiny bit worried about coming off as a callous jackhole, the answer is yes. His job approval in Gallup today is a lean, mean 41/52. Time for a quickie publicity stunt with blue-collar Uncle Joe to show Americans that he’s still One Of Us.

And speaking of callous jackholes, he’s not the only one who’s suddenly worried about public perceptions:

Exit question: Think the GOP alone will bear the brunt of a shutdown-driven collapse in economic confidence? I know two guys who disagree.