President Barack Obama gives a press conference in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) Today, President Obama held a news conference to answer questions about his plans for the next four years. He made one thing clear: his job is to help American families and small businesses get ahead in the wake of the recession. I’ve got a mandate to help middle-class families and families that are working hard to try to get into the middle class.