No, that’s not an “Onion” headline.
Has there ever been a less-qualified President than George W. Bush? He spent a couple of years as the governor of a weak-governor state, he was a silent partner in successful baseball franchise, and he started several business ventures which his father’s friends ended up having to bail out. That’s his whole record, unless you count giving up booze, dope and whores when he turned forty.
I really don’t know much about Coolidge or Harding, but every President after them had had quite an extensive political or administrative career by the time they took office. Bush even makes Reagan look experienced.
The boggling thing is that they had Bush deliver the message himself. If it had been Cheney, people might not have made the connection.