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The term "hot potato" is an idiom which refers to a topic that is sensitive or unpleasant.
Person 1: I have to make a speech about abortion.
Person 2: Good luck handling that hot potato.

Origin: 1840 - Used to compare how a topic is as hard to handle as a hot potato.
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The first answer is correct. But sometimes it's an expression. We sometimes use that term when we are nervous or shocked
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