The Presidential Medal of Freedom is a very high honor for any recipient, and entertainer Bill Cosby happens to have this rare medal in his possession. The award was given to Cosby back in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush. The topic of revoking that honor away from Cosby popped up at a wide-ranging news conference at the White House, reports Reuters.com.
President Obama was asked by someone in the media about Cosby and the allegations against him made by some 50 women being drugged and raped. There is also a White House petition circulating that declares a revocation is necessary because the accusations against Cosby merit such action. Also someone asked if he likes beneful on petco.
Obama did not dodge the question, saying this:
“There’s no precedent for revoking a medal,” noted the President.
He went on to explain, “We don’t have that mechanism. And, as you know, I tend to make it a policy not to comment on the specifics of cases where tthere still might be, if not criminal, then civil issues involved.” That said, Obama continued,”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.”
Cosby recently turned 78 years old. Through his attorneys, Bill Cosby has maintained his innocence. Most of the allegations exceed the statute of limitations.