There are signs the White House is being more careful with how he is used.

Biden hasn’t been appearing on television programs or conducting sit-downs with newspaper reporters — especially since he made news on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in May after he endorsed gay marriage, forcing Obama to do the same and admit that his own position had “evolved.”

“You haven’t seen him do a lot of interviews and chatting it up,” said Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist. “But I don’t think there’s a great amount of heartache. I think the American people have a high tolerance level for Joe Biden’s antics.

“Uncle Joe sometimes makes mistakes,” Simmons quipped.