Newswire: President Obama says he can’t revoke Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom

Even though he just moved proverbial mountains by reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama admits there are just some things he can’t do. Unfortunately, one of those things is taking back Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom.

At a press conference on Wednesday, the President was asked to comment on a WhiteHouse.gov petition to revoke Cosby’s medal, which was awarded to the comedian in 2000 by George W. Bush. These petitions usually require 100,000 signatures before any kind of action on behalf of the White House, but the President gave his response anyway. He said he’s currently unable to give the petitioners what they want, citing a lack of “mechanism” to carry out such a withdrawal.

The President declined to comment on the specific allegations against Cosby, but he did make a strong statement against rape:

I’ll say this. If you …

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