Talk about pressure.
President Barack Obama and his administration are expected to weigh in soon on whether to issue a permit to the Canadian pipeline company TransCanada for a $7.6 billion oil pipeline stretching 1,179 miles from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska.
But many of his wealthiest donors are pressing him to reject the plan, and they're laying it on pretty thick. In a letter to Obama they describe his decision as being comparable in "urgency and importance" to that of President Abraham Lincoln's fight for the 13th Amendment to end slavery.
Being the White House press secretary must be one of the most thankless jobs on the planet.
On one hand, your duty is to protect and defend your boss, the president of the United States. On the other, you're expected to provide timely and accurate information to the media and answer to your 312 million other bosses, the citizens of the United States - even if that information is embarrassing and potentially damaging to the president.
Which brings us to President Barack Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, who is coming off of a really bad week.
Chris Christie is the affable New Jersey governor who's as popular as Bruce Springsteen and perhaps the Republican Party's best shot at winning the White House back in the 2016 election.
But he's also got a problem that could hold him back should he decide to run for the highest elected office in the land: the persistent jokes and questions about his health and weight.
So how much does Christie weigh, and what's he doing about it?
Can Congress bypass President Barack Obama and his administration's lengthy environmental review of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project?
It's not clear, but that uncertainty isn't stopping those who believe construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will create thousands of jobs and reduce the nation's reliance on oil from the Middle East.
They're pushing legislation that would allow the $7.6 billion project to proceed without a presidential permit so that the pipeline can carry tar sands oil across 1,179 miles from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, and eventually down to the Gulf of Mexico.