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Guess How Much Money Fmr. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Has Made Giving Speeches Since Leaving White House?

"...a journeyman flack who struck gold with the right patron and wound up talking at the lectern at 1600 Pennsylvania."

HEMPSTEAD, NY - OCTOBER 16: Senior campaign adviser for U.S. President Barack Obama, Robert Gibbs, speaks to members of the media at Hofstra University after the second presidential debate on October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York. U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney debated in a town hall style meeting this evening at the university. Credit: Getty Images

Interestingly this tidbit is tweeted by the leading scoop journalist of the moment (although this time the information isn't exactly top secret):

(Credit: Twitter)

The New York Times Magazine piece, "How to Win in Washington," describes Gibbs as "a journeyman flack who struck gold with the right patron and wound up talking at the lectern at 1600 Pennsylvania."

Robert Gibbs speaks to members of the media at Hofstra University after the second presidential debate on October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, N.Y. (Credit: Getty Images)

More from the NYT Magazine:

Gibbs’s time at the White House had been a mixed bag, which included internal West Wing clashes, strained relationships with reporters and a few mishaps that resulted from excessive candor. But he was nonetheless set for life as a professional “former.” That is, a former official who can easily score a seven-figure income as an out-of-office wise man, statesman or hired gun. “Formers” stick to Washington like melted cheese on a gold-plated toaster, and Gibbs would be no exception. He could move seamlessly into the news media (MSNBC) at a time when punditry replaced reporting as journalism’s highest pursuit. (Since leaving the White House in 2011, Gibbs has made about $2 million in paid speeches alone.)

Here's Gibbs as pundit, acknowledging on MSNBC that as press secretary, he was ordered to not even acknowledge the existence of the Obama drone program:

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