In a place accustomed to tough stretches, this has been a particularly tough few days at the White House.
After emerging from the showdown over the Republican-led government shutdown relatively unscathed, the Obama administration finds itself under assault on three fronts: problems surrounding the Affordable Care Act, revelations of the U.S. spying on allies, and the 2012 attack on the U.S diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya -- over which a senator has threatened to hold up all of the administration's nominations.
The controversies are sure to fuel continued Republican attacks on Obama and his Democratic allies as the nation gears up for midterm elections next year, and the White House has portrayed the attacks as so much partisan chatter.
But to CNN senior political analyst David Gergen, they reflect the relative inexperience of the Obama White House.
"This is an administration that has been very, very good at its politics, but has never been very good at execution of policies from Day One," he said Monday.
"It's an administration which has some really smart people in it, and a lot of younger people. It doesn't have very many heavyweights," he said.
Here are the latest details on the issues causing the administration the most heartache today:
Affordable Care Act
Another week, another congressional hearing on the problem-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama's health insurance program.
This time, Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- which is in charge of the health care website -- became the first administration official to formally apologize to Americans for the glitchy start.
She offered the apology Tuesday in an appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee.
"We know that consumers are eager to purchase this coverage and to the millions of Americans who have attempted to use HealthCare.gov to shop and enroll in healthcare coverage, I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," she told lawmakers.
The website, which would-be applicants have found difficult to use, at best, embarrassingly crashed over the weekend, leaving consumers completely locked out.
Then, the White House found itself on the defensive over revelations that despite claims to the contrary by the Obama administration, some who have purchased insurance on the open market will lose their coverage and have to buy new policies.
An insurance industry source told CNN Monday that the vast majority of Americans who have purchased coverage on the individual market will find their policies changed or even canceled under ACA rules.
It's been known for some time that some of the policies would have to change -- the Department of Health and Human Services said in 2010 as part of a federal regulation that up to two-thirds of individual policies wouldn't meet regulations allowing them to continue under what's called "grandfathered" status.
That refers to plans allowed to continue even though they don't provide all the rights and protections of those offered under the health care law.
White House spokesman Jay Carney argued Monday the administration has always said some health care plans would not meet new ACA requirements.
"There are existing health care plans on the individual market that don't meet those minimum standards and therefore do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act," he said. "There are some that can be grandfathered if people want to keep insurance that's substandard."
And those who lose coverage will be able to buy more comprehensive coverage on the health insurance exchanges -- some of them at a subsidized price, he said.
But the reality that so many plans will disappear or have to change seems to fly in the face of what Obama said so often in selling the plan to voters.
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan," the president said in 2009, and frequently since.
It also offered Republicans ammunition to renew their attacks on the plan.
"The larger problem is how Obamacare is hurting people out there," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. "It is about college graduates and middle-class families getting hit with massive premium increases they can't afford."