(Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Messina, who had been deputy chief of staff in the Obama White House, worked on the Hill just after college, as chief of staff for Democratic Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.) and Byron Dorgan (N.D.) and for Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.).

Messina is now on a somewhat extended post-election tour of Italy to prepare for his temporary job as head of the inaugural parade. The speaking gig, which probably will offer him somewhere around mid-five figures for a bit of chatter, is a good start for entry into private sector work.

The fees should be enough to allow a stop at the spectacular Don Alfonso 1890 restaurant in the hills above Sorrento or at La Gazza Ladra in Modica, Sicily.