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Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton to Depart

Passed over for the top job, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton is leaving to start his own consulting firm.

Burton, who until recent weeks seemed on track for the post that went to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, offered the classic explanation for leaving the White House: He wants to spend more time with his family.

Josh Earnest, left, and Bill Burton watch Jay Carney at today's briefing.

Well, sure, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that he probably recoiled at having to log a couple more years as deputy press secretary – a mostly thankless job with endless hours – while enduring the humiliation of having been passed over after years of service to Obama.

If he made press secretary, he’d certainly have stayed.

Burton had handled the briefings well as the chief fill-in for former top dog Robert Gibbs. But at 33 he was probably judged too young for the job.

Maybe there were other issues too – I’m honestly not sure. Any White House can be a real den of snakes.

Burton’s departure probably makes well-liked Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest the heir apparent, assuming Carney ever leaves. Earnest, who was also in the running to replacer Gibbs but not given the same chances as Burton, will probably begin acting as the main stand-in for Carney when the press secretary is on vacation or just sick of spinning people for a day.

Burton apparently announced his plans to his colleagues today. He’ll set up shop with Sean Sweeney, who was an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

3 Responses to Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton to Depart

  1. Not anymore humiliating (for being passed over for service) than working for your current boss who is an egghead. Panetta and Clapper during Congressional testimony yesterday: Sorry, we didn’t follow Tunisia; B’hood? Well, were not sure there either. Obama: Following budget unrest in WI? Nope.

  2. What an honor to be named “deputy press secretary” to the POTUS, to work in the WhiteHouse, to be there when important decisions are made , is able to make a magnificent addition to his future resume and he throws this down the toidy because he didn’t get promoted.
    Doesn’t make sense.