By Justin Sink
Former White House press secretary Jay Carney is now available for paid speaking gigs after signing on as a client of the Washington Speakers Bureau.
It's the first post-West Wing career move for Carney, who stepped away from the briefing room podium late last month after more than three years fielding questions from the press.
It's not clear how much booking Carney will cost — according to a posting on the Washington Speakers Bureau's website, "fees vary based on event location" — but other top former administration officials have pocketed tens of thousands of dollars per appearance or more.
"Jay Carney faced the world and White House press corps each day with characteristic grace, wit and aplomb," the advertisement for Carney's services reads. "Today, he brings to audiences his insight and extensive credentials in the White House and with TIME magazine in discussing domestic and global current events, the 2014 mid-terms elections, and the race for the White House in 2016."
At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast shortly before leaving the White House, Carney told reporters he had “absolutely made no decisions about what I’m doing next.”
Carney seemed to indicate he wasn’t particularly inclined to search out a book deal. He said he had not kept a journal during his time in the West Wing, and that he saw with his wife's experience how difficult writing a book could be.
“Writing a book seems to me something that is very demanding,” Carney said, adding that writing was not his choice “when I’m looking to relax a little bit.”
Carney's move takes place as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has come under scrutiny for the six-figure speaking fees she commands. Clinton has said that she donates her speaking fees to the Clinton Foundation.