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Facebook Won't 'Friend' Gibbs With a Job

By    |   Thursday, 07 Apr 2011 12:46 PM

President Obama’s former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs probably will not be joining the staff at Facebook after all, according to a published report.

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Robert Gibbs: Some at Facebook liked him, some didn't, New York Post reports. (Getty Images Photo)
A New York Times story by Andrew Ross Sorkin, published on March 27, asserted that Facebook was “in talks to hire Robert Gibbs” to manage the company’s communications, and said Facebook was pressing Gibbs “to consider the job more quickly.”

But the New York Post’s Page Six column reported on Thursday that Facebook’s interview with Gibbs, who left the White House in February after two years on the job, did not go well.

“Some people liked him, some people liked him a lot, and others didn’t,” one source told the Post. “It wouldn’t be fair to say the date was great, but it wouldn’t be fair to say the date was terrible. There was no marriage proposal.”

The Times said Facebook was “seeking out” Gibbs ahead of an initial public offering planned for early 2012, would could be the largest offering in history. Gibbs would receive shares before the offering if he landed the job, according to Sorkin.

But the Post points to speculation that Gibbs planted the story to appear in demand.

Gibbs denied that speculation in an email to the Post: “I am not the source of [Sorkin’s] story. The only time I have ever dealt with him was to tell him I had no comment.”

Gibbs also said in a call to the Post: “Nobody has offered me anything.”


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