Obama on Bill Cosby: No Way to Revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Obama condemns Bill Cosby’s alleged abuse of women.

Just before soberly yet searingly describing Bill Cosby’s crimes as rape, President Obama demurred that he could not strip the disgraced comedian of the Presidential Medal of Freedom he was awarded in 2002.

Several women who claim they were sexually assaulted by Cosby in the 1980s joined an effort this week to unseal a deposition he gave in 2005 in which he reportedly admitted giving a powerful sedative to women with whom he wanted to have sex. Advocates fighting sexual violence have posted a petition on a White House website to urge Obama — the father of two daughters, one of whom is headed to college next year — to rescind Cosby’s presidential medal. The president grew solemn and pursed his lips, vowing not to comment on the “specifics of cases where there might still be, if not criminal, then civil issues involved.” Just a day prior, addressing the NAACP in Philadelphia, Obama spoke out against rape in prison, saying officials should take it seriously and that people should stop making jokes about it. “We should not be tolerating rape in prison, and we shouldn’t be making jokes about it in our popular culture,” Obama told the NAACP. “That’s no joke.

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