As you may or may not know, our local NPR station, KUOW 94.9 FM, does a weekly news round-up every Friday morning at 10. I would have said that they are likely to lead off with the new SAP boundaries but then I woke up to find Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I'm thinking that's the lead. Nevertheless, I think the new SAP boundaries will make their way into the discussion. It might make good listening given that these are some of the pundits who write daily on city issues. As well, they do take call-ins (543-KUOW) and e-mails (email@example.com) on topics so if you are so moved, you have the opportunity.
About Obama. I was a little taken aback (I read it on the Stranger Slog and thought they were joking). Even though we all saw the reaction throughout the world when Obama was elected, I realize that it was deeper than I thought. Obama's election really, really means something to people other than Americans. Expectations are very high in this country (despite everything that he faced down coming into office) and this points out that the world joins those expectations.
I wouldn't take this as a win on his part (although it may take the sting out of losing the Olympics). Talk about having the weight of the world on your shoulders. Good luck, Mr. President.