President Obama did not mince words at a press conference today, Thursday, July 15, 2015, when asked about Bill Cosby.
“[A]s you know, I tend to make it a policy not to comment on the specifics of — of cases where there might still be, if not criminal, then civil issues involved.
“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.”
Interestingly, Obama was not asked to comment specifically about the rape allegations against Cosby. He was asked, simply, “Would you revoke the Medal of Freedom for Bill Cosby?” A number of Cosby critics want the Medal – presented to Cosby by President George W. Bush in 2002 – revoked in light of the rape allegations against Cosby.
To that question Obama said, “there is no precedent for revoking a medal. We don’t have that mechanism.” He then continued to comment on the drugging and rape allegations, as mentioned above, without actually mentioning Cosby by name.