Cyclist Fired for Flipping Off Presidential Motorcade

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A Virginia woman was photographed giving the presidents motorcade the bird. 

50-year-old Juli Briskman was riding her bike down a Virginia Boulevard in mid afternoon on 28 October as the motorcade moved passed her. He was leaving the Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Virginia as six vehicles overtook her as she cycled. 

As she was being passed up by the cars she said in recent interviews that she got angry thinking about the news of the day. She then lifted her left had from the handle bars and gave the motorcade the middle finger. 

The media corps caught the gesture and it went viral in tne following days. Ms Briskman said, “I just got angry,” she continued, “I lifted my arm and started flipping him off. I started thinking, You’re golfing again when there is so much going on right now.”

She continued to toss the bird until the entire fleet of cars passed her and repeated the gesture when she caught up with the group of cars again at a traffic light. 

accepted Flipping seems pretty straightforward, so the real question here is, where did "the bird" come from?

Here's one account:

bird (3) "middle finger held up in a rude gesture," slang derived from 1860s expression give the big bird "to hiss someone like a goose," kept alive in vaudeville slang with sense of "to greet someone with boos, hisses, and catcalls" (1922), transferred 1960s to the "up yours" hand gesture (the rigid finger representing the hypothetical object to be inserted) on notion of defiance and contempt. Gesture itself seems to be much older (the human anatomy section of a 12c. Latin bestiary in Cambridge describes the middle finger as that "by means of which the pursuit of dishonour is indicated").

Mr Briskman admits that she did not see the president, but, that he was the target of the dis. 

Unfortunately, she worked for a company who decided that they should fire her for the spontaneous gesture. She worked for a company called, Akima LLC. The company oversees government contractors and she was a marketing analyst for the company for a little more than six months. In a meeting she said the company said that they needed to separate from her. 

A kindly human resources worker suggested she submit a resignation because it would be easier to secure future employment, she did, but, called it a “forced resignation.” 

Twenty years ago a similar government push back was have been associated with communism or similar oppressive governmental structures. 

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