White House press secretary Tony Snow announced his resignation yesterday. The Washington Post reports:
He insisted yesterday that he is leaving not for health reasons but to recoup the income he lost when he left his job as a radio and television host to take the $168,000-a-year job as press secretary.He doesn't mean that literally, of course — Tony Snow wasn't at risk of living on the street.
"I ran out of money," he said.
Let's assume that he meant to say that he simply wants more money, which is a perfectly acceptable thing to want. This sentiment is the sort of thing to keep to one's self when speaking to a public that on average makes far less than $168,000 per year.
As a communications expert, Snow should have known better.