Jay Carney Cashes In

Jay Carney Cashes In

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Politico) – Jay Carney just left the White House podium and he’s already joined the ranks of George W. Bush, Tom Brokaw and Mike Ditka in one profitable enterprise: lecturing on the private speaking circuit.

The former Obama administration flack signed on this month with the Washington Speakers Bureau, a gig that came with a signing bonus and is likely to yield payments as high as $100,000 per speech to share his personal presidential anecdotes and analysis of the next two election cycles.

As the most recent high-profile person out the West Wing door, Carney can expect to be in high demand with the universities, corporations and trade associations — the public and private institutions willing to pay for what has become the standard first move of high-ranking outgoing administration officials.

Giving speeches is a nice job, one that will help with the bills and keep him in the public eye while giving the 49-year old former Time Magazine Washington bureau chief additional time to weigh a slew of offers for his next career step, which range from a slot with one of the networks to Silicon Valley to joining PR and consulting firms.

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