President Obama’s remarks at the closing of the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit:
She was pulling $125,000 per year as governor of Alaska. Then Johnny McCain yanked her out of the wilderness to be his running mate. The lady has raked in over $12,000,000 in the past ten months.
Pundits can debate the political costs and benefits of Sarah Palin’s decision to step down as Alaska governor, but the monetary advantages of leaving her $125,000-a-year public service post are beyond dispute.
Since leaving office at the end of July 2009, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has brought in at least 100 times her old salary – a haul now estimated at more than $12 million — through television and book deals and a heavy schedule of speaking appearances worth five and six figures.
That conservative estimate is based on publicly available records and news accounts. The actual number is probably much higher, but is hard to quantify because Palin does not publicize her earnings.
I wonder if Johnny is getting a cut.