[the Republicans] will refuse to ask the wealthiest Americans to give up their tax cuts or deductions. Again, they will demand harsh cuts to programs like Medicare. And once again, the economy will be held captive unless they get their way.So Obama thinks the government's job and the president's job is to run the country. Meaning: to run the economy and people's lives.
That is no way to run the greatest country on Earth.
Of course, the proper, constitutional role of the president is to run, not even the government, but the executive branch of the federal government.
A country run by its president or government is a dictatorship.
(Needless to say the conservatives are no better in this regard; notwithstanding their occasionally mouthing free-market sounding words, their record of expanding government control is just as bad as the democrats.)