SC Sheriff Will Not Lower Flag for Mandela

Rick Clark, the elected Sheriff of Pickens County South Carolina announced on Facebook Friday that he will not comply with President Obama's request to lower the flag outside his office to honor former South African President Nelson Mandela, saying that though "Mandela did great things for his country and was a brave man", "he was not an AMERICAN!!!"

In interviews, Clark has said that he would have made the same decision, if he had been in office when President Bush asked for flags to be lowered for Pope John Paul. Pickens County officials have said that Clark can do as he wishes with the flag in front of his office, but other county flags will remain at half-staff.

(Photo courtesy of Pickens County Sheriff's Office)