Ah, the summer of 2007. Simpler times. When two dudes could ride together in The Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa without anyone thinking the resulting photograph would be hilarious. Today, the only argument is about who has fallen further.
Consider the fall of Edwards: On June 7, 2007, John Edwards gave a speech accepting the National Father's Day Council's Father of the Year Award. On February 27, 2008, Frances Quinn Hunter was born.
On July 25, 2007 Edwards staged the above photo-op with Armstrong, which also happened to mark the only time Edwards has actually sweated like a millworker, and was well on his way to a second-place finish in the Democratic Iowa Caucus. By April 2012, he was facing a federal indictment and a 3% favorability rating.
But then there's Armstrong: One day, he's an inspiration to millions and one of the most storied and dominant athletes in history. Today, he's being forced to admit he knows what channel the Oprah Winfrey Network is on. The winner of the disgrace-stakes is clear. Congrats, Lance. Enjoy winning this one thing you won without taking drugs.
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Tags: Drugs, John Edwards, Lance Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey