Heads Up! The Origins of a Warning Phrase

March 6, 2015 6:17 PM

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Heads Up! The Origins of a Warning Phrase

In advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress this week, commentators focused on a matter of protocol. Why, some of them asked, had neither House Speaker John Boehner nor Mr. Netanyahu given President Barack Obama a sufficient “heads-up” that the invitation had been made and accepted?

Mr. Boehner insisted that he notified the White House, albeit hours before the news broke about the speech invitation. “I gave ’em a heads-up that morning,” he told the CBS show “60 Minutes” in a January interview.

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