The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Wednesday welcomed President Obama's support for the American Muslim community in his State of the Union address before Congress. In Tuesday's address, the president said: "And as extremists try to inspire acts of violence within our borders, we are responding with the strength of our communities, with respect for the rule of law, and with the conviction that American Muslims are a part of our American family." "At a time when American Muslims face the prospect of agenda-driven hearings in Congress targeting their community, we welcome President Obama's decision to emphasize the fact that Muslims are contributing members of our society," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "It was a timely and important reminder to our nation's leaders and the viewing audience that America's strength and security lie in the unity of its people."