New sheriff likes his Lincoln
January 6, 2011
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson was sworn in last Monday and began his new job by quoting Abraham Lincoln. [New Times]
Parkinson, who is still completing his college coursework, shared an obscure Lincoln quote with the assembled audience in the county supervisor chamber.
President Lincoln, Parkinson explained, sent an order to General Ulysses S. Grant in the closing days of the Civil War.
“Gen. Sheridan says, ‘If the thing is pressed, I think that Lee will surrender. Let the thing be pressed.’”
Apparently the historical point was lost among some of the new sheriff’s deputies. Reportedly, some of them were talking about the reference to President Lincoln afterwards.
“I really don’t know what the hell he meant by the Lincoln thing,” one deputy said. “He probably means serious business, I guess.”