President Obama to unveil new immigration plan in special address 7 p.m. Thursday _lowres

President Barack Obama greets people in the audience as he arrives to speak at the ‘ConnectED to the Future’ event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The conference is with superintendents and other educators from across the country who are leading their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is telling Americans who voted for change: “I hear you.”

The president said the Republican victories Tuesday in the midterm elections are a sign they want Washington “to get the job done.”

In a White House news conference, he said both parties must address those concerns. But he acknowledged as president he has a “unique responsibility to try to make this town work.”

He says he’s eager to hear Republican ideas for governing together. And he vowed to work hard during his final two years in office to make progress. He says, “It’s time for us to take care of business.”