Wednesday President Obama opened up about the decades-long accusations that Bill Cosby drugged women for sex, saying that such accusations constitute rape and that the country should have "no tolerance" for such actions.
The president carefully avoided a direct comment on civil legal actions that have been filed against the comedian, and also dismissed the suggestion that he might revoke the Presidential Medal of Freedom conferred on Cosby by President George W. Bush in 2002.
"There's no precedent for revoking a medal," he said as an answer to the question during a news conference that was otherwise focused on the recently announced nuclear deal with Iran. "We don't have that mechanism," he said before addressing sexual assault in general without naming the comedian.
While Obama noted that he makes it "a policy not to comment on the specifics of cases where there might still be - if not criminal than civil issues involved," he indirectly commented that "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 this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape," he said.
The comments come after it was revealed that in 2005 Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaalues with the intent of giving them to women in order to have sex.