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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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