President Obama has taken a verbal beating from Republicans, Democrats and even the media as the failure to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill continues. What’s the biggest reason for the president taking so many hits? How tough is it to claim he is in charge while saying BP is responsible? Does this really pose a major threat to the rest of his presidency? We ask these questions and more to longtime USA TODAY White House Correspondent Richard Benedetto, who now teaches politics and journalism at American University and Georgetown University.