FIRE IN THE BELLY…. I don’t know how many you were able to watch President Obama’s town-hall event in New Hampshire this afternoon, but it was one of his most animated and powerful events in quite a while. Especially in this opening statement, the president seemed to show the same kind of energy he presented back during the campaign.

It’s possible the White House would prefer fewer town-hall events, because of the possibility of right-wing mobs disrupting the discussion. But if today was any indication, Obama’s team would be wise to schedule a whole lot more of these events.

More soon.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.