Facebook Said To Be Courting Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

Facebook and Baghdad Bob in 'early discussions'

Could Robert Gibbs be preparing to accept a friend request?

The former White House press secretary is said to be under consideration for a job at Facebook, where he’d have a senior communications position, The New York Times reported late Sunday.

And Gibbs isn’t the only former presidential press secretary to be considered for the position, a person familiar with the process told POLITICO on Monday. Joe Lockhart, who spent two years as Bill Clinton’s press secretary, interviewed for the job and “went pretty far down the road” with Facebook before deciding to pull himself out of consideration for personal reasons.

When Gibbs announced in January that he was planning to leave the White House, he said he could best serve President Barack Obama from “outside this building.” At the time, he indicated that he planned to get on the paid speaking circuit and to help launch the president’s reelection campaign.

Discussions for the Facebook job are still in their early stages and could fall apart, people briefed on the negotiations told The Times. The company is pushing Gibbs to make a quick decision on the position, the sources said, putting him in a tough spot because he had hoped to work on building the Obama campaign before taking a private sector job