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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby‘s Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.

“There’s no precedent for revoking a medal,” Obama said. “We don’t have that mechanism.”

Obama was asked about Cosby and his medal at a presidential news conference in the East Room.

The president declined to address the specific allegations against Cosby because there are pending legal matters. But he left no question about his position on the larger issue of drugs, consent and rape.

“If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape,” he said. “And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”

Court documents obtained by The Associated Press have revealed that Cosby acknowledged under oath that he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

A sexual assault awareness group has petitioned the White House to revoke Cosby’s medal. It was awarded to him in 2002 by President George W. Bush.

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7 thoughts on “Obama: No Mechanism to Revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, Says Sex Without Consent is Rape

  1. Guest on said:

    I’m so proud of the Obamas but now I’m ready for dems to leave office!! I just don’t like how I feel race pimps are running the office now! He can speak on pointless race baiting issues but if a young black girl is raped murdered thrown in a river by a black suspect where is his speeches to stop destroying each other? Or even call the parents of the woman murdered by the illegal???Oh Hillary won’t win (people are tired of Clintons and Bush’s)! Police have a dangerous difficult job and lets be honest they aren’t murdering us in record numbers here in B more Mr. President……..RIP Arnesha and Phylica Barnes murdered and brutalized by black men!!!

  2. @PatsRule59
    President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2009. After you finish doing the math, be sure to make note of how deserving he was to receive such an honor.
    It is widely known that not everyone on the committee was in agreement to award him the Noble Peace Prize but it is also widely known why he WAS GRANTED such an prestige honorable award. He deserved it!

    Although I voted for President Obama in both elections, it would be foolish of me to agree with him or anyone all the time. Not everyone agreed with the decisions he made with Afghanistan and Iraq. However, I do not feel as though he deserves to have his Nobel Peace Prize taken away! In fact, with the MAJORITY of his decisions, I feel as though he deserves SEVERAL more!

    No one has been granted the Noble Peace Prize more than twice but it is my TRUE belief that President Obama DESERVES to receive it at least four more times.
    It is my TRUE belief that he deserves to receive just as many honors for having to deal with the likes of Boehner and McConnell and some of his fellow Democrats.

    • Oh and to answer your question, it was due to a speech he made in Cairo as well as his aim for international diplomacy. Something that most Republican presidents no nothing about.

  3. If Obama gets to keep his phony Nobel Peace Prize then Cosby should get to keep his Medal of Freedom.

    Oh, and before anyone comes on here and bashes me, be aware of one fact. Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize have to be in by January 31st every year. Obama took office on January 20, 2009, the year he received his prize.

    So if you’re going to try and claim that Obama earned that award, then please explain exactly what he did to earn it in his first 11 days in office.

    • patsrule59 (Cheaters) whether you know it or not you probably have Benefited from President OBAMA Policies far more so than any Minorities groups in this Country stop HAting on the Man..

    • Amber on said:

      Sound like Foxnews viewer. He got it and you can not take it from him. So if you are mad but upset with the people who gave it to him, not President Obama. As for Cosby, It should not be taken. Nothing has been proven IN COURT and that is his work. if they start pulling, many folks will need to get theirs taken away as well.

      • Guest on said:

        Greta and sassy Meghan Kelly crack me up on Fox!!! ALL media is biased. When I want to hear whining and excuses I turn to CNN/MSNBC! When I want to hear get off your azz get a job firey talk I turn to Fox! hahahahaha ALL politicians are worthless/pointless. I take care of me…..I’m my sisters keeper. I don’t depend on lying politicians…..

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