Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has said he's “thrilled and excited” by President Obama's support for gay marriage.

The 72-year-old civil rights leader appeared Thursday on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, where he discussed his views on Obama's Wednesday announcement in support of gay nuptials.

“I was thrilled and excited,” Bond said. “This was a position I'd always thought that he had. I always felt that he felt this way. I was waiting and waiting for him to say so. And I'm just so happy that he finally did. I wish it had been sooner but I'm willing to take what I got.”

Bond added that the president's support for marriage equality wasn't likely to lose him any votes among African-Americans.

“In African-American communities, like every other community in the country, the tide is shifting, people are thinking differently, younger people are saying these are old-fashioned ideas. … And I think President Obama is just going with the tide.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)