Dr. Menhaz Momen is an Associate Professor of Social Science at A & M International University in Texas.
In this interview with VOA Bangla Service, Dr Momen analyzes the speech by President Barack Obama in the joint session of the Congress. She says that the President's speech had two themes.
In the first part he re-evaluated the progressive values when he spoke about honesty, responsibilities and talked about his government's transparency in answering people's questions. He also mentions about the role of a State in a Society in a very subtle way.
In the second and more apparent part of his speech, the President talked about his Economic Stimulus package where he mentioned both the short term program and the long term planning particularly about health, education and energy.
Dr. Menhaz Momen also mentions about President Obama's commitments to his electoral pledges in withdrawing soldiers from Iraq and closing down the Guantanamo Bay .