Despite improvements in employment and the economy, President Obama's poll ratings are slipping again. Is it the increasing cost of gasoline? Gas prices can make a big difference in presidential campaigns. Just ask Jimmy Carter. As prices soar toward $4 a gallon, Newt Gingrich claims he can bring them down to $2.50. How much power does the President have over the price at the pump? Steven Mufson reports on energy for the Washington Post.