President Obama Speaks Out on Bill Cosby Rape Allegations
President Obama probably won’t take away Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom – but also basically said that if Cosby’s Quaalude story is true, then it was rape.
Cosby was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, by President Bush in 2002. There’s now a growing outcry for the President to revoke that honor after more than a dozen sexual assault allegations against Cosby surfaced in the last several months.
At a White House press conference on Wednesday, President Obama said there was no precedent for taking away the Medal of Freedom and declined to comment about legal proceedings against Cosby, but then added:
“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.”
Cosby said in a 2005 legal deposition that he obtained prescriptions for Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.
The internet is buzzing over this news, with women’s rights supporters saying that this definition of rape should be pretty obvious by now, while President Obama’s conservative critics are quick to point out that Cosby was a big supporter of Obama’s campaign.
This comes right on the heels of “Cosby Show” co-star Joseph C. Phillips declaring, “Of course Bill Cosby is guilty.“
“I was angry with Bill. He had money, fame, and power; he was a walking aphrodisiac! Why? I was also angry at myself for falling for the okey-doke, of putting Bill on a pedestal. […] More recently, there were a series of court documents that were unsealed and revealed a dark side to the Cos. Rather than spending his time bouncing kids on his knee and eating Jell-O brand pudding, this Bill was involved in illegal drugs and illicit sex, fornication, and perhaps more.”