Of course they meant in the future and suggested that the present holder of the title may, himself, have struggled with such a test. I think this is typical English distainful snobbery. Although no genius..Bush might have done okay ...if he had got the right questions....
Examiner 'Mr President-to-be .. Your starter question on Foreign affairs... is...'
Examiner: Mr PTB..you can only pass once in the round..and you have already passed on 'What is your name? 'OK?.. Ready?
..What is the capital of France?'