Permit me to say few words about today's cartoon from a cartoonist's point of view.
When I began doing Dry Bones cartoons back in 1973, I drew six panels in every cartoon. A few years ago I switched to a four panel structure. Today's cartoon could/should have been a two-panel cartoon, but I wanted the tempo and pacing provided by a four panel "read". Which explains the four panel background in a two panel. That's the kind of problem that a cartoonist tries to solve. The kind of problems that an American President is called upon to "solve" are, as pointed out in today's Dry Bones cartoon, a bit more challenging.