A controlled, cautious Lance Armstrong told an equally controlled, cautious Oprah that he was a deeply flawed man, with the biggest flaw being his "ruthless desire to win." The personas of both were surprising during the exclusive interview on OWN, which was streamed on Oprah.com.
Armstrong presented himself as still in-charge but as recognizing that he had done wrong. Some might have expected the image of the repentent sinner. That didn't happen. The Oprah we viewed had made the transition from the personality of excess she had been in her talk show days to a more sophisticated, cunning Barbara Walters type. Now we know that Orpah is capable of change.
The most amazing part of the interview was Armstrong's admitting that he didn't view the doping as anything wrong when he was doing it. That raised the issue if he was a sociopath, that is a creature without the internal censor the rest of us have to deal with when we consider going against society's norms. He said that he would be apologizing for the rest of the life for his doping but one wonders if he is doing that because that's what miscreants do or because he feels remorse. Could he be a person incapable of guilt and shame?
This interview will be deconstructed by law enforcement, lawyers, psychologists, clergy, and Armstrong's loved ones. Some of them might wonder why he decided to do it since, for him, it seems to have accomplished so little in reputation restoration. For Oprah, of course, it has been a homerun.