(CNN) - One hundred years after the birth of the NAACP, the civil rights group welcomed the first African-American president.
President Obama spoke before the annual convention Thursday night in New York, the city where the organization was founded.
"What we celebrate tonight is not simply the journey the NAACP has traveled, but the journey that we, as Americans, have traveled over the past 100 years," Obama told the crowd.
The excitement over Obama was in stark contrast to the reception of former President Bush, who had a strained relationship with the NAACP and declined the group's invitations for five years.
Bush spoke before the NAACP in 2000, during his first run for the presidency, but he did not make another appearance until 2006.