President Donald Trump received some negative feedback on his way back from golfing over the weekend.
The president's motorcade was leaving Trump National Golf Club on the afternoon of Oct. 28 when a pedestrian gave him a "thumbs down sign," according to pool reporters cited by the Daily Mail.
Shortly after, a female cyclist was photographed giving the finger to the motorcade as it drove by.
The motorcade "overtook a female cyclist, wearing a white top and cycling helmet, who responded by giving the middle finger," noted a reporter in the press pool.
She repeated the gesture again when she was able to catch up to the president's motorcade when it slowed down at a traffic signal.
"The motorcade had to slow and the cyclist caught up, still offering the finger, before turning off in a different direction. Motorcade is now gathering speed and heading for DC."
According to anthropologist Desmond Morris, pointing your middle finger at someone is "one of the most ancient insult gestures known," the BBC reports.
"The middle finger is the penis and the curled fingers on either side are the testicles. By doing it, you are offering someone a phallic gesture. It is saying, 'this is a phallus' that you're offering to people, which is a very primeval display."
Dr. Morris says the gesture probably arrived in the U.S. with Italian immigrants, and is documented in the U.S. as early as 1886, when a pitcher for the Boston Beaneaters baseball team did it during a team photograph with the rival New York Giants.
The Romans called the gesture "digitus impudicus," which translates as the shameless, indecent or offensive finger, the BBC reports.
According to Thomas Conley, a professor emeritus of communication and classics at the University of Illinois, the Roman historian Tacitus wrote that German tribesmen gave the middle finger to advancing Roman soldiers.
In 419 B.C., the Greek playwright Aristophanes included in his comedy "The Clouds" a character gesturing first with his middle finger and, subsequently, with his crotch.
As for the cyclist giving the finger to Trump, perhaps she knew that it was the fourth consecutive weekend Trump had spent at his golf club.
Of his 282 days in office, he has spent 96 of them at one of his various properties, the Daily Mail notes.
When campaigning for president, Trump said that he wouldn't have time for golf if elected. "I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to play golf. Believe me," he told a Virginia crowd in August 2016. "I'd just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off and make great deals," he said at a rally in New Hampshire.
As a candidate, Trump often accused then-President Barack Obama of too much time golfing, according to a report issued by The New York Times.