I thought it was interesting that Lance would not say how the doping occurred. He is being careful not to admit to potential crimes, such as distribution of controlled substances.
LA: "Last time I doped was in 2005"
Armstrong says he didn't dope after his 2009 comeback. "The last time I crossed the line, that line, was 2005."
Asked if he doped in 2009-2010: "Absolutely not."
OK, I'll just ask. Who's buying it? Was he clean after the comeback? Thoughts?
Neal Rogers: "You've got to give it to Oprah." True, thus far.
I'm impressed so far - Lance is as prepared to tell the truth as he was to deny it for the past decade. I'm still betting on a choked up, teary, response at some point. Call it the Barbara Walters Rule.
Agreed. She's done well. Very well.
Commercial break. Thank God. I'm already exhausted.
Find it hard to swallow denials on 09, 10 - but as open as he's been on other, what incentive to hold back there?
Someone just asked who's updating the LA wikipedia page. Hilarious.
"Scheduling" was an interesting comment on doping governance. Hope Oprah heads back that way.
Dan — That's just what I was thinking.
Hello from Australia ... buzz here: "no beating around the bush, hey mate?"
If you guys are right - then this is all for naught. This only works if he's both honest and consistent for quite some time. If one thing he says is proven to be a lie tonight, that's a big problem.
We may see some information on leadership here.
Armstrong says he never instigated a firing for non-doping.
Armstrong denies threatening firing Vande Velde over doping program.
LA: "I was leader of team, and leader of team leads by example. There was never a direct order that 'you have to do this to be on team'. It was a competitive time. we were all grown men, we all made our choices."
"I'm not the most believable guy in the world right now."
You, Mr. Armstrong, may be the least believable man on Earth right now, in fact.
Oprah pressing Armstrong over semantics when discussing team leadership and firings.
"Yeah, Yeah, I was a bully."
Ben Davis -- 2005 is eight years ago. Is there any coincidence that the WADA code has an eight year statute of limitations? Although the 2005 Tour still is within the eight year period, could he use the "fact" that any doping he did was largely outside of the limitations period as a PR talking point?
"Uh, yeah, I was a bully."
"My mom was young when she had me. We always felt like we had our backs against the wall."
His jaw dropped when she asked "are we talking semantics?"
He shouldn't use that as an excuse but it would explain why he drew such a specific and clear line on that point. This is a human move - it's not about what's legal and what isn't. It's about Lance, his lies, and his honesty now. So hiding behind a statute of limitations won't accomplish the goal.
Can't help but notice how gray Lance has gone in the last 18 months. It's clear the stress has gotten to him.