In his post-White House life, Bill Burton is now fighting to block the Keystone XL pipeline extension. And when it comes to predicting how President Obama will decide whether to grant a permit, Burton -- who is now a senior adviser to the League of Conservation Voters -- has a simple message: Polls don't matter.

"If the president was just driven by the polls, then he would never had approved the auto bailout," Obama's former deputy press secretary told reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon. "Sometimes making the right decision means doing something that's not exactly in line with every opinion poll, but that's what leadership is."