He did what his advisors advised and applied the soft-touch at the end, assuring people he's reading their letters, but it's not what he said -- that's the usual spin. He's calling for Republicans to work with him to help get the economy turned around, and although his policies are the right policies, they haven't worked fast enough because of what he inherited -- yep, that's all prepared response.
But what the advisors couldn't prep him for, because they don't understand themselves, is how he said what he said. He's talking from the underlying assumption that a president/government controls the economy. This is the problem. He said that if unemployment was at 5%, the elections would have been different. Not necessarily -- if his policies are over-reaching and violating people's freedoms, they will still react even if unemployment is low. This utilitarian mindset is a problem -- it's the same mindset that said of Hitler -- "He made the trains run on time". Just because policies are working at the time doesn't mean people can't look down the road to see how the means and consequences of the policies can lead to something unwanted.
In reality, though, with his policies, unemployment couldn't be at 5%, which is something no one bothered to bring to his attention.
But getting back to the fundamental problem -- it's the mindset that government should centrally plan and manage the economy -- no one in government seems to be getting this, and only relatively few in the public wholly get it, although they are beginning to get it. Separation of government and economy is something, apparently, no one in the political realm can even begin to imagine.