President Obama: There's No Way to Revoke Bill Cosby's Medal of Freedom, But Rape Is Rape

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Obama says there's no precedent or mechanism to take back the medal.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he cannot revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.

"There's no precedent for revoking a medal," Obama told reporters at a news conference. "We don't have that mechanism."

Although the president declined to directly discuss the allegations against Cosby, he made his views clear on the larger issue of 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," Obama said.  "I think this country, any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape."

In court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Cosby admitted under oath that he gave women quaaludes for sex.

Obama is under increasing pressure to revoke the medal, with one sexual assault awareness group officially petitioning the White House on the matter.