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Paula Broadwell Wanted To Recruit Lance Armstrong For a Bike Ride With David Petraeus

Says right here in Time that Paula Broadwell tried to lure Plano native and zero-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong into a surprise bike ride with David Petraeus:

Broadwell and CIA Director David Petraeus had fallen into an extramarital affair after years of close contact as biographer and subject. Born two days and 20 years apart, they had big benchmarks approaching–his 60th, her 40th–and Broadwell was looking for a suitably momentous gift. As she had tweeted proudly a few days before, Broadwell had a date for a “1v1 run with Lance Armstrong.” What she did not mention was her plan to recruit Armstrong for a surprise birthday bike ride with the fitness-mad Petraeus. If all went as she planned, the retired four-star general would ride into his seventh decade alongside cycling’s greatest star.

She also apparently asked, “Does anyone know Lance Armstrong?” on her Facebook page, like a fourth-grader hoping for Selena Gomez at her birthday party.

  • Lew Patton

    Even somewhat more amazing from the article that is referenced:

    “Another thing that wasn’t to be? Broadwell’s Senate career. Gellman reports that Republican donors approached her about running for Senate in North Carolina (Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan comes up for reelection in 2014). But Petraeus — subject of political recruitment efforts himself — talked her out of it. Gellman repots

    Petraeus, she said in an irritated tone, rejected the idea out of hand. What was her position, he asked, on abortion? Climate change? Gun control? Gay marriage? Tax cuts? Social Security vouchers? Her answers, he told her, would not fit either party, and she should not sell herself out.”


  • rke

    Didn’t know who Lance Armstrong is. Damn near the end of the Republic. out of that whole article, you got meow?

  • Susan Nunes

    Well, both of them are cheaters, so they would have gotten along well.