Barack Obama shown hugging leftist Harvard Professor Derrick Bell in 1991 video.

The release of the highly anticipated videotapes of Barack Obama speaking at an affirmative-action rally when he was a student at Harvard Law School “fell flat,” revealing little about the president’s radical past that wasn’t already known, contends talk radio host Michael Savage.

“Was there a screaming Obama railing at the top of his lungs about the evils of white oppression? No,” Savage said on his “Savage Nation” show last night. “Was there a beret-wearing Obama with an AK-47? No.”

Savage said the video promised by Andrew Breitbart before he died last week “shows basically the same Obama you’d hear on the stump today.”

“The same monotonous cadence, the same haughty demeanor,” Savage said. “If this was supposed to be a blockbuster revelation, there wasn’t much block to bust.”

The footage of a Harvard rally in 1991 – released on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” show – shows Obama embracing radical, racialist Professor Derrick Bell and urging students, “Open up your hearts and your minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell.”

Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro said the video is “just the beginning,” calling it “a smoking gun showing that Barack Obama not only associated with radicals, he was their advocate.”

But Savage saw nothing new. He noted that Breitbart, in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., last month, spoke of the tapes as explosive material that would expose him as an extremist and damage his chances for re-election.

“If you’re looking for some dramatic revelation about Obama’s past, there’s nothing,” Savage said. “But it encapsulates everything we’ve already known about Obama as a Fabian socialist, the radical who flew under the radar and became America’s first Marxist president.”

Savage said that while the video shows Obama endorsing a radicalized, racist professor at Harvard when he was a student, “from Obama, there is no screaming or radical statements.”

“It shows how clever Obama was, even in his college days, avoiding the sort of fiery rhetoric that could have derailed him on his way to the presidency,” Savage said.

He argued there’s no point trying to “invent controversy when it does not exist.”

“There is enough corruption and enough plain foolishness in what Obama has done since he’s taken office,” Savage said.

Savage explained that the Fabians “were originally British socialists who believed in advancing socialism not by open foment of revolution, but by gradualism, by working within the system to achieve their communist aims.”

Even in 1991, Savage said, Obama appeared to have his eyes on high office and was careful not to do anything that would thwart his plans.

“His association with radicals like Derrick Bell makes his true intentions clear,” Savage said, “but his expression of that intent demonstrates a level of self-control and Machiavellian planning that are far more dangerous than if he had just been a typical loud-mouthed college black radical shouting slogans.”

Savage noted that his upcoming book, “Trickle Down Tyranny,” shows Obama “has a long history of his radicalism, a long history of associating with people like Derrick Bell, and there’s no point in reiterating it.”

“The Savage Nation” airs live Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern. It can be heard online through stations such as KSTE in Sacramento.

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