You knew it was coming; it was just a matter of time. President Obama was queried about Bill Cosby and the rape scandal that’s enveloping his ever-deteriorating image and if he should have his Medal of Freedom revoked because of it.
Obama, picking his words as carefully as a bomb expert trying to diffuse an explosive device during a Wednesday press conference that had nothing to do with Cosby, responded by saying that no civilized country should tolerate rape.
The country’s chief executive also said there is no way to revoke the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Cosby, who has been accused of drugging and raping dozens of unsuspecting women beginning in the 1970s.
However, Obama, retorted: “I’ll say this. 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 I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”
The topic was broached because sealed legal documents were leaked to the media that Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he that he procured powerful prescriptions sedatives for the purpose of giving them to women and engage in carnal knowledge with them.
In fairness, Cosby has never been charged and denies sexual assault allegations.
Cosby’s PR man, Andrew Wyatt, did not respond to requests to provide a response to the president’s remarks Wednesday.
Cosby was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in 2002, under President George W. Bush.