President Obama did not wait for that WhiteHouse.gov petition to hit 100K signatures to weigh in on Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, to let people know he would not take back the medal because there is no precedent or mechanism for doing so. Then he tried to mitigate that news, with a strong statement on rape.
Afterwards, TV News navel lint gazers dissected all this, pronouncing his first response as The Old Obama, and his followup comment as the Obama Unbound they’re in his waning days as POTUS. Lost in the discussion was Cosby and his Medal of Freedom.
“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,” Obama said, when asked about revoking Cosby’s medal during a White House news conference that was supposed to be about the new Iran deal.
Cosby said in a a 2005 legal deposition he obtained prescriptions for Quaaludes to give to women with whom he he wanted to have sex, according to documents released last week in a Pennsylvania court. Cosby, who has denied the allegations, has not been charged in any of the allegations which, in many cases, were made after the statute of limitations had expired.
Cosby was awarded the country’s highest civilian honor, in 2000, by President George W. Bush. A petition was launched earlier this month asking Obama to revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. is among the politicians who has said supports the petition. The White House is compelled to respond to any petitions hitting 100K signatures. At this time, still needs about 89K by its August 8 deadline.
“I thought his comments were right on the mark and appropriate,” said CNN’s Don Lemon after the news conference, who you’d think CNN would recuse from the conversation, given that he’d interviewed one of the women who has claimed Cosby drugged her and then forced her to have oral sex with him, telling her she should have bit Cosby’s penis, saying, “You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you don’t want to do it,” adding, “Meaning the using of the teeth, right?…As a weapon.” One day after that November interview, Lemon said, on air, he was sorry if any viewers misunderstood what was his intention in making his Cosby-penis-biting suggestion.