From NBC's Andrea Mitchell and Doug Adams
At an energy event in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid spoke for the first time on camera since the revelations of his comments about Barack Obama being "light skinned" and not speaking with a "negro dialect."
"I'm very proud that I'm one of the first people to suggest that Barack Obama run for president," Reid said. "I'm very proud of that."
He added, "My heart has been warmed as to the response that I've gotten around the country; whether it's Julian Bond, whether it's as a call I got coming into the facility today -- the attorney general of the United States, Eric Holder. In effect, he said, 'I've known you for a long time; anyone I can talk to -- I'd be happy to do that.'"
He went on to say, "I'm proud of the fact, I can still remember the meeting in my office with Barack Obama, telling him he could be elected president. I think he was surprised, the Democratic leader telling him he could be elected presdent."
He cited calls from House whip Jim Clyburn and Ken Salazar praising him for his civil rights record and support for diversity.
He said he helped desegregate the gaming industry in Nevada.
"I really appreciate people writing nice things about me," Reid added. "There's a wonderful editorial in the L.A. times today; couple of nice things in the Huffington Post, nice things there. ... I feel good about people reaching out to me."
More: "I've apologized to the president. I've apologized to everyone within the sound of my voice, that I could have used better choice of words. And I'll continue to do my work for the African-American community."