Office of Media Affairs: Early Facebook deliberations

Robert Delaware filed this request with the George W Bush (43) Presidential Library of the United States of America.
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From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any correspondence, memorandum, emails, PowerPoint slides or another other material related to internal discussions regarding having the Bush White House join Facebook between the dates of February 4th 2004 and January 20th 2009.

Mr. David Almacy, who was director of the Office of Media Affairs from 2005 to 2007, has spoken publicly of Facebook corporate’s “early outreach” to the Bush White House shortly after Facebook launched in 2004.

I have particular interest in this “early outreach” that Mr. Almacy has spoken of publicly, and am curious to know what this outreach was composed of.

Please include a search for any marketing or solicitation emails from early Facebook employees such as Chris Hughes, Marketing Associate Naomi Gleit or Media Sales Director Steve King to anyone working in the Office of Media Affairs. Starting specifically with Mr. Almacy’s email.

Please include a search for any emails where Mark Zukerberg appears in the to:, from:, subject:, or bcc: fields in emails either sent or received by anyone working in the Office of Media Affairs.

Please search for any emails either sent by or received by the Office of Media Affairs asking: “Why aren’t we on Facebook?” And the Office of Media Affairs response to those emails.

Please search for any documents that discussed the merits of joining Facebook as it gained popularity during the Bush administration.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Robert Delaware

From: George W Bush (43) Presidential Library

Dear Mr. Delaware,

Thank you for contacting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and
Museum. Please see the attached information concerning your FOIA request.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Malisa Culpepper
FOIA Coordinator

From: George W Bush (43) Presidential Library

Dear Mr. Delaware,

Information regarding the completed processing of this request 2018-0097-F
was sent to you on November 6, 2020. I've attached the information again
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Malisa Culpepper
FOIA Coordinator