Jay Carney, former Obama press secretary, is transitioning to life outside the White House. So far, it looks like a transition from $172,000 a year to something much higher.
His first step was to join the Washington Speakers’ Bureau, where he may be paid up to $100,000 per speech to provide political analysis. By joining the private speaking circuit, he joins such figures as George W. Bush and Tom Brokaw who have gone ahead on the private speaking circuit.
What is in the future for Carney besides giving speeches? According to Politico:
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.
Carney confirmed in an interview his arrival on the speaker circuit, adding that he also would maintain a public presence with cable and network TV hits. He said he had no immediate plans to write a book and declined comment on salary figures and other job offers.
The future looks rosy for Carney, who may command a $1.5 million annual salary should he choose to go the corporate or consulting routes.
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Does Carney deserve such lavish compensation after his work as Obama’s press secretary?
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