This cartoon by Dave Granlund is part of the New Year 2014 collection on The Cagle Post. A fortune teller is gazing into a crystal ball and telling Uncle Sam's fortune (for that is what fortune tellers do). She informs him, "First the good news ... it's not 2013."
2103 was something of an annus horribilis for the United States, and especially for President Barack Obama. There was the Obamacare rollout fiasco, the government shutdown, the NSA spying scandal, to name but three major domestic disasters. However, when the fortune teller says, "First the good news ...", the implication is that it will be followed by bad news, i.e., predictions of more doom and gloom for 2014.
A fortune teller is a person who claims to have magic powers and who tells people what will happen to them in the future. The stereotypical gypsy fortune teller is female, wears a spotted headscarf, big earrings and lots of bangles (as in the cartoon).