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Former Press Sec. Gibbs Could Land New Job...At Facebook


"The talks are still at an early stage..."

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answers questions from the media during his daily briefing at The White House in Washington Monday, July 13, 2009.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

From the White House to Facebook? That could end up being the path of one of the Obama administration's most notorious figures. According to the New York Times, former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who left the White House in February, is reportedly in talks about taking a communications job at one of Silicon Valley's hottest companies.

"The talks are still at an early stage and no formal offer has been made," sources told the Times, "warning that it remained possible the discussions could collapse."

The job would reportedly be "a senior role in helping to manage the company’s communications."

According to the Times, Gibbs is being courted to the tune of a multi-million dollar salary as well as some lucrative stock options ahead of the estimated $60 billion-company's decision to take its stock public.

But the decision to join Facebook would probably also mean a decision not to work on President Obama's re-election campaign. The Times says Facebook is "pressuring" Gibbs to make a decision much quicker than the end of the campaign.

Since Facebook's movie debut in the film "The Social Network," the company has come under additional scrutiny and could use another experienced communications official. Any position for Gibbs, however, would likely report to Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president for global communications, marketing and public policy, who joined the company from Google in 2008.

And just in case you wanted to start the jokes about who or what Gibbs "likes," Gawker says don't:

Neither Gibbs nor Facebook would comment on the Times item, and until they do, we beg of you, politics and tech writers, please refrain from any of the following:

  • Jokes about what Robert Gibbs "likes."
  • Jokes about whom Robert Gibbs is "friending"/"defriending."
  • Jokes about who might play Robert Gibbs in a hypothetical sequel to The Social Network.
  • Jokes involving lines, scenes, characters, or actors from The Social Network, including any marketing campaigns or slogans from the same.
  • Photoshop mock-ups or image macros involving the Facebook GUI and Robert Gibbs.

That temptation may be too great for some.

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