No mech­a­nism to re­voke Cosby’s medal: Obama

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

WASHINGTON — U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama Wed­nes­day re­jected the idea of re­vok­ing Bill Cosby’s Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom be­cause of sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions.“There’s no prece­dent for re­vok­ing a medal,” Obama said. “We don’t have that mech­a­nism.” The pres­i­dent, who was asked about Cosby and his medal at a news con­fer­ence, de­clined to ad­dress spe­cific al­le­ga­tions against the en­ter­tainer be­cause there are pend­ing le­gal mat­ters. But Obama left no ques­tion about his think­ing on the larger is­sue of drugs, con­sent and rape. “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,” he said. “And I think this coun­try, any civ­i­lized coun­try, should have no tol­er­ance for rape.”

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