It looks like former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs can leave his Facebook status as ‘single’ after all, according to a published report.
A New York Times article last month reported that Facebook was courting President Obama’s longtime spokesman Gibbs for a “senior position,” but the New York Post’s Page Six reports today the union isn’t a match.
“Some people liked him, some people liked him a lot, and others didn’t,” an anonymous source told the Post about Gibbs’ interview with Facebook. “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 March 27 New York Times story by Andrew Ross Sorkin said that Facebook was looking to add Gibbs to its policy and communications team in a “senior position” ahead of an initial public offering planned for early 2012.
Gibbs left the White House in February after two years on the job to, it was assumed, go on the paid speaking circuit and work on President Obama’s reelection campaign.
The Times’ story said that Facebook was “pressing Mr. Gibbs to consider the job more quickly,” but also acknowledged the talks between the two were just in their early stages and could still fall apart.
Gibbs denied to the Post that he was the source of Sorkin’s New York Times story, as had been speculated, and denied the latest report of his encounters with Facebook.
“Nobody has offered me anything . . . I’m giving speeches. I’m not going to comment on any of this stuff,” Gibbs told Page Six.