A town hall meeting is an informal public meeting derived from the traditional town meetings of New England. Similarly to those meetings, everybody in a community is invited to attend, voice their opinions, and hear the responses from public figures and elected officials, although attendees rarely vote on an issue. In today's heterogeneous communities with large populations, more often, town hall meetings are held so that people can influence elected officials in their decision making or to give them a chance to feel that their voices are being heard.
There are no specific rules or guidelines for holding a town hall meeting. If the turnout is large, and the objective is to give as many people as possible an opportunity to speak, the group can be broken down into smaller discussion groups. Participants all hear an opening presentation and then group-up to discuss an aspect of the presentation. Each group appoints someone to summarize their group's discussion.
I do not see Republican politicians going to Democratic town hall meetings, so he must be talking about the citizens, we the people. His homeland security department considers those who oppose him to be ‘terrorists.’ Pelosi calls me a ‘Nazi’ and collectively, opponents are considered an ‘angry mob’ and ‘supporters of fringe and far-right wing organizations.’ The people, I see at the town halls on several videos that I watched, are those who are sincerely concerned with the wayward direction that this nation is headed these last six months and past two years. The athletic ‘Democratic supporters’ who showed up in St. Louis at Congressman Russ Carnahan's Town Hall Meeting recently were literally Chicago thugs from the SEIU. They even beat up a black conservative . . . They are the real violent and angry domestic terrorists, the real opponents of freedom, liberty and this Democratic Republic . . .
President Soetoro alias Obama seems to have inflamed the situation starting with belittling ('they acted stupidly') the police in the Gates-gate. Furthermore, his White House told the Democratic Members of Congress, before they left Washington for the summer recess, that they will help ‘push back,’ apparently even physically, anyone who gets in the way . . .
In the video, linked above, the President struck me as being a bit too arrogant, showboating and campaigning, which along with spending money are the only things he has demonstrated to me that he does proficiently.