I'd guess they told him to come across as genially disappointed, more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger, and he kind of went off the rails.
As the genially malevolent talking head considers a bid for the presidency, a lot of people are asking themselves that question.
pertaining to the chin
Greek geneion 'chin'
1560s, "pertaining to marriage," from Latin genialis "pleasant, festive," literally "pertaining to marriage rites," from genius "guardian spirit" (see genius). Originally used in the Latin literal sense; meaning "cheerful, friendly" first recorded 1746. Related: Genially.
genial ge·ni·al (jĭ-nī'əl) or ge·ni·an (-ən)
Of or relating to the chin.