I certainly read that as well, but in order to accept that explanation you have to accept that he really didn't answer the question, not even close. The subject of his answer has nothing to do with the selection of lens - VR vs non-VR - to deal with 36MP.
You may well be right, and he just did not want to open himself up for the "when will a 24-70 f/2.8 VR lens be available" question and so dodged the question.
But instead of dodging to a general "need good technique" answer, instead he mentioned an internal anti-vibration system (to deal with 36MP?), which made me wonder.
Okay, I'll give it up, maybe I should go and work for Nikon Rumors. I am reading everything very closely as we wait for more information on the D800.
In any case, I will conclude that Nikon has no history of in-body VR, and so likely this is nothing.