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The President was asked during Wednesday’s White House press conference if Cosby should be stripped of the award, which he received in 2002 from President George W. Bush.

Obama, who appeared to ponder whether he should answer the Cosby question, rarely steps off script at his news conferences. “We don’t have that mechanism”, he said.

While declining to specifically address the allegations, the President was unequivocal on the wider issue of rape.

He continued, “And this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape”.

Bill Cosby is done”, tweeted actress Mia Farrow, a fierce Cosby critic, in response to Obama’s comment.

Numerous claims date back to the 1970s and are too old for him to face criminal proceedings.

Court documents obtained by The Associated Press have revealed that Cosby admitted under oath that he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

That case was settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006.

“… I know that the president cares about women’s rights, and the right of women to be free of drugging and rape is a right that I am certain that the president would want for his wife, his daughters and all women wherever they might reside”, Allred said.

Goldberg said she was shocked to learn that statute-of-limitations laws make it unlikely that the women making the allegations can take Cosby to court. “Allowing Cosby to maintain this coveted symbol suggests that we as a society support coercive sexual behavior”, Rose said. Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment (PAVE), a nonprofit organization is petitioning the Obama Administration to revoke Cosby of the medal. “We need to send a message to the youth of America that drug facilitated sexual assault can not be celebrated”.

More than two dozen women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct in the past four decades, and many of them alleged that he drugged them before sex.

Meanwhile, the leader of a group which has urged Obama to revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom expressed disappointment in the president’s lack of action on that score.

President Obama just did what our media and culture is too afraid to do.

The comedian has never been criminally charged and denies any wrongdoing.

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