Snow, who earns $168,000 as an assistant to the president, was appointed in April 2006.The base pay for a private in the United States Army is $15,282 per year, by the way.
"I will not be able to make it to the end of this administration, just financially," Snow told the AP.
But Bush's mouthpiece can't "make it" financially on over ten times that amount.
UPDATE 18AUG08 -- He's not kidding. Tony $now, the man who has told Americans that every damn fool pursuit of the Bush administration is absolutely necessary to our nation's prosperity and security, is ducking out on his role in the administration for money.
From Reuters Limited via Yahoo:
"I've already made it clear I'm not going to be able to go the distance, but that's primarily for financial reasons," Snow said on conservative radio program "The Hugh Hewitt Show."Just once, I'd like to see a Bushite make a sacrifice -- as if living on $168K is "a sacrifice" -- in the interests of furthering the policies and programs that they claim are so vital.
"I've told people when my money runs out, then I've got to go."
And I have some financially-strapped friends in the armed forces who desperately need a "when my money runs out, I gotta go" clause added to their contracts.