President Obama: There’s No ‘Mechanism’ For Revoking Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom

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President Obama, speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, addressed allegations that Bill Cosby drugged multiple women before sexually assaulting them but said there is no “mechanism” for revoking the entertainer’s Medal of Freedom.

Obama said he would not comment on the “specifics of cases where there might still be if not criminal but civil issues involved.”

Parts of a deposition Cosby gave as part of an accuser’s 2005 lawsuit were unsealed earlier this month, in which Cosby said that he acquired drugs for the purpose to giving to women he wanted to have sex with. He admitted giving the sedative to one woman and “other people.”

“I will say this,” Obama said. “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, and in this country, any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape.”

A White House petition is calling for revoking Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award, and still needs almost 90,000 signatures to warrant a response. But Obama said that “there is no precedent for revoking a medal. We don’t have that mechanism.”

More than two dozen women have accused Cosby of assault or rape over the past 40 years. He has not been charged with a crime and has denied wrongdoing. He made suggestions in the deposition that his sexual activity had been consensual, but some of his accusers are now calling for the release of the full deposition.

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  1. Jaddy Baddy says:

    If Bill Cosby drugging and poisoning women is rape,
    according to Obama, what is it when
    Microsoft, IBM, Arthur Andersen, HP, Kodak, Chase
    Bank and Bank of America poison and drug their
    employees, prospective employees and contractors
    to steal technology, intellectual rape?

  2. While some Black Americans, White Americans, and other Americans are standing together against Bill Cosby by calling for the revocation of his Presidential Medal of Freedom and calling for additional laws to incarcerate more alleged rapists, at the penal phase, they are not together. Who are the people who will be incarcerated as a result of the additional laws? African Americans males (fathers, brothers, and sons), though representing 6 percent of U.S.’s population, constitute 65 percent of the people accused of- and imprisoned for- sexual assaults. And Black men comprise 62 percent of the people DNA testing has exonerated from wrongful imprisonment. Thus, Black men are not disproportionately imprisoned due to disproportionately committing crimes, but are disproportionately imprisoned due to their being more aggressively pursued.

    This is evident with Cosby being fiercely pursued while many others who are accused and/or convicted of sex crimes are not being similarly assailed. Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein allegedly sexually abused 34 underaged girls. Bill Clinton used Epstein’s private jet 10 times for travel in relation to the Clinton Foundation. And Donald Trump is a close friend of Epstein. Neither Clinton nor Trump are condemning Epstein. Neither are Cosby’s persecutors. And no one is pressuring anyone to condemn Epstein. We are not witnessing the Frankenstein hunt down of Epstein that is being commenced against Cosby.

    The inequitable persecution that is being carried out against Bill Cosby is the same inequitable persecution that is the cause for Black men being disproportionately accused of crimes and disproportionately imprisoned.

    Source: “Sex, Race,and Wrongful Convictions.” By Mathew Johnson. October 3, 2013. The Crime Report.

    • Beckstle says:

      I don’t disagree with most of your points, but there is a difference between Epstein and Cosby. I would say for many Americans know nothing about Epstein. He did not position himself as America’s number one father and become a culture icon. He did not set himself up as a moral compass. Part of the relentless hammering at the Cosby case is because of those things. He put himself in the hearts and minds of Americans as the good guy, Mr. Jello Pudding Pops, and Dr. Huxtable. On a gut level no one likes being duped and the Cosby story makes people feel like they’ve been a victim of a major fraud.

      • Thank you for your perspective. Bill Cosby was not just a public persona. He and Camille Cosby gave $20 million to Spelman College which helped thousands of women go to college. And he has the largest collection of African-American art in the world, helping hundreds of black artists. Cosby gave Spike Lee the money to finish the film “Malcolm X.” While some African Americans who succeed ignore the Black community, Cosby has embraced and supported Black education and many other Black causes.

  3. David Swyer says:

    Cosby’s sexually sadistic depravity really has Dr. Mengele-like dimensions to it, the diffference being Mengele slinked away to Paraguay or wherever after his monstrous crimes against helpless victims whereas Cosby joked in the limelight as a beloved (black) funnyman amassing perhaps a $billion dollars over time. What kind of sick ghoul takes pleasure in crawling all.over his comatose female victims like a maggot and then parades around the country as some kind of paragon of virtue? Cosby’s victims were women, not Jewish children, but the coastlines is similar and we.know where he is and nobody will do a thing..

  4. robertffloyd2 says:

    AT LEAST U.S. PRESIDENT OBAMA (CAUTIOUSLY) SUPPORTED THE DRUG-RAPE VICTIMS. ANYONE WHO STILL SUPPORTS ,EXCUSES OR DIVERTS FROM THE EVIL OF BILL COSBY: ARE EITHER IDOLATROUS, STUPID OR IMMORAL THEMSELVES. NOW, COSBY HAS BEEN EXPOSED IN PAYING STAFF WRITERS TO COMPOSE HIS DOCTORAL THESIS, DECADES AGO. BILL COSBY: FAKE DOCTORATE / REAL DRUG-RAPIST.

  5. Nanny Mo says:

    It is too much like the book 1984! I do not think Obama has been a good president, but he is right in this one thing. You can’t erase names and events from history because you no longer like them. Don’t watch his movies, stop going to Cosby’s shows if you personally want to, but don’t remove his star from the dirty (stinking gum infested, slum that is) the Hollywood walk of shame and don’t remove his medal. Let them stand as a lesson. The man duped us, just like historians will say Obama did.

  6. rgold02 says:

    He is making a grave mistake. Recall the damn thing. Put Bill Cosby in jail, so he can’t drug and rape more women! I also concur with the two comments(at and tt) below also.

  7. sg says:

    But there is a mechanism in place to remove obama from the office he should NEVER have held. He is the #1 traitor/enemy of the Republic, it’s called IMPEACHMENT. He has done more damage to our freedoms than any other sitting president except perhaps Bill Clinton and his equally corrupt hillary.

    • Truth teller says:

      This is NOT about other Obama issues or the Clintons. It is about maintaining decency and societal standards and making certain that guys that rape women don’t receive honors or rewards.

      Rescind his Medal and let him bask in the condemnation and disdain he deserves.

    • bill says:

      How sad for you to walk through life every day knowing that Obama is president and Hillary will probably be the next President. And just imagine, no matter how many comments you write about it online, it does nothing. No effect at all.

  8. Truth teller says:

    We all know that if George Bush were still president he would be getting ripped a new one for not immediately asking Cosby to relinquish his Medal of Freedom. Women would be going on and on about how heartless and gutless it is of a President!

    So he can declare war and drop bombs all over the world, but his power ends at reclaiming a Medal of Freedom mistakenly given to a serial rapist.

    Yeh, that makes sense, and is not transparent at all.

    • Colin Knapp says:

      You mean like Bush, the guy that gave it to him to begin with?

      • Truth teller says:

        Exactly.By no means am I supporting Bush here. The point is he would be getting condemned for not taking it back and showing that we really care about women and that no one is above hurting women.

        Obama should step up and rescind this immediately. He should state that there is no place in society for anyone committing crimes like Cosby has.

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