In an attempt to boost his flagging popularity, Lib Dem leader has taken a leaf out of Barrack Obama's book by going back to his roots.
The US President returned to his ancestors' wig making shop in Moneygall, County Offaly, had a pint of Guinness in the local pub and then told the assembled masses that he "had come back to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way".
Obama has immediately derived some benefit from the visit by getting a big spike in the polls from the Irish American community, his ratings rising nationally from 57% to 60%.
The hard pressed Clegg hoped to replicate Obama's success by making a pilgrimage to his ancestral home in Camborne, Cornwall.
He mixed with locals and had a spoonful of clotted cream before visiting his great, great grandfather's mining company and telling an audience of 19 that he had come to "find the double barrelled name we lost along the way".
Early reports indicate that, as a result of the visit, Clegg's approval rating has fallen from 2% to 1.5%.