There's some strategery going on here. The D.C. debate will soon shift into dysfunctional overdrive as fiscal deadlines approach, so before the next phase of the debate begins, the president would like to remind people that his priorities are much the same as their own.
Obama fundamentally trusts markets, but believes that they make grievous errors (I'll say!), and that those errors must at times be aggressively corrected. Is that a new idea? If so, then no wonder we're screwed.