I don't think Obama defended pedophilia or Michael Jackson's little boy fetish by making the neutral statement that he was a musical icon, at all.
I recognize that MJ was a musical icon but I also recognize that he was complete and total X-files grade freak, a bleached out child bugger who should never be alone with anyone between the ages of 5 and 12 (because face it, the threshhold of teen-age was past his interests), and that paying an undisclosed amount of money to several families is not admission of guilt but it sure as hell ain't a vindication.
So, yeah, the president stayed pretty neutral and didn't engage in tabloid statements with that one.
As for his conspicuously absent rhetoric on Iran...well that was annoying. I'm glad he finally said something but I do wish it had been a little quicker. I hope he's not finished, either. Brittain has already cut diplomatic ties by mutual expulsion of diplomats. I would hope our response would be equally explicit.