August 27th, 2008
04:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Examining body language: What did Clinton's say?

CNN

Watch a body language expert examine Clinton's speech.

(CNN) - What did Hillary Clinton's body language give away at the Democratic National Convention?

Dan Hill, a body language expert and author of "Face Time," told CNN that even while the words Clinton delivered offered an unequivocal endorsement of Barack Obama, her body language was much less affirmative.

"When she spoke about Obama, she really did not emote very much," Hill said. "The only thing she showed was a very weak smile, the cheeks didn't tend to lift very much, it was really almost what I would call a 'crocodile smile' where even the slight corners of the lips sometimes raise into a little bit of a smirk."

"I don't think that helped move the 30 percent of her supporters who say they won't vote for Obama," Hill added. "What she did do was appeal to voters at large, that she did more emotionally."

soundoff (709 Responses)
  1. keywslt

    Dear Fox "news", um, I mean CNN. Why are you promoting this? Where are your standards heading? Hillary's supporters are loyal. They are not stupid. Give us some news. Not dribble!

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Feron

    Good job CNN, you have achieved an all time low...wow

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Brigitte

    What kind of news is CNN presenting here? Body language!? The CNN Team needs to analyze a bit deeper into the type of news presenting here: Body Language!

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. PUMA moving on...

    CNN, GIVE IT UP. There isn't anything more she can do and she's done plenty. I am on board with her message...you high ratings for this story line are going to become a little chilly.

    Why?

    As angry as I've been about the treatment of Hillary by Obama's supporters.
    As angry as I've been about the DNC selecting our candidate for us.
    As angry as I've been about the media's treatment of Hillary, I'll vote for Obama.

    Hillary was absolutely right; it's not about us or them (or her or Obama), it's about America's future. We need to return to the good times of the Clinton Administration and I believe Obama (with some help) can get us there with Hillary at his side (I keep thinking about that woman with cancer who adopted two autistic kids).

    I hope you haters really appreciate what Hillary has done here…completely self-less and for the people. I think some of you owe her and us an apology. I think Carville said it best: "Politics is kind of like a family. You fight and make up." I'm ready to make-up here folks..

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Shane H.

    Body language? The average voter isn't paying attention to a speaker's body language, unless it is something drastic. And I don't remember anything drastic from Clinton. No, the important part of a SPEECH is the SPEAKING.

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Jim

    Get over it, why do we keep analyzing and analyzing the Clinton's every move. The media has caused more the divide than the Clinton's.

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. OBAMA SUPPORTER IN IOWA

    Time to turn to CSPAN and let CNN slither back under a rock. When I changed to CSAN last night I got to see all of the speeches. Way more interesting than CNN commentators and their constant baiting.

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Nick

    This really is a pathetic story. Perhaps we should let people speak for themselves.

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Steven Hammond

    The one thing that really surprised me was that she stated she was a proud Mother and a proud Democrat and a proud American. She did not say she was a proud Wife. I think this statement was very important in here overall make up.

    Steve
    Kentucky

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. akaDoug

    My God CNN! Body Language!?!?!?! Will you please stop, the lady gave a great speech and stated her opinion! Making up drama will not work!

    I supported and voted for Hillary and I will now gladly support and vote for Obama!

    No Way! No How! No McCain!

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Chi4Obama

    To CNN,
    Enough with the "spin" already. Please take Clinton's words for what they were. And quit trying to manufacture additional controversy. (i.e. what Hillary really meant, etc.).

    I would expect this from Faux (Fox) News. But I thought CNN was better. SHAME ON YOU!

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Oh GIVE IT UP CNN! You're picking this to death, and it serves no positive purpose. Go back to reporting real news.

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. anks

    i am looking forward for Day and CNN and other news channel will have Body language people for their so called experts to analyze them, and get sense on how they read the cooked story ......

    I know its AI age but let us be HUMAN please

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Indiana Ed

    What? Do you want her to cry again? Get over it people! The speech was great and inspiring! Leave the body language experts to FOX, they don't do journalism anyway!

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. jim

    Are you frigen kidding CNN? What are you going to do next call in a mind reader. Seriously this is the most bizzare article I have ever read. I don't think McCain is the only one loosing his bearings.

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Chris

    Please, just stop. I can't believe the media is focusing so much energy on this phony "split" in the party. Hillary could not have been more unequivocal last night. How about talking about the real issues?

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Not in the ballpark

    This is very silly, CNN. Move on to real issues.

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Will in Richmond, VA

    This is dumb.

    Can we move on? Her speech did what it was supposed to. And she seemed genuine to me. No one wants to lose, especially when everyone expects you to win.

    Quit beating this dead horse.

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Abe

    CNN? Surely, you're kidding? A "crocodile smile"? Who are these experts and how where do they go to school to get degrees in the science of body language??

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Kelby from Houston, TX

    CNN can't be serious... Not with reporting like this. This looks like cnn wants to be biased

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Tim, Seattle

    CNN,

    The new low in cable news.

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Lancedal

    So you think "body language" is the true reflection of her feeling? Yeah? why not mute your TV when watching next time. CNN, you guys are so sick.

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Sean

    CNN, the leader in made-up news and contrived controversy! Keep up the good work guys!

    "The Best Political Team on Television" – I'm trying not to laugh...

    August 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Kathryn, Nevada

    Hillary did an excelent job. She showed her support, and promoted Obama, without loosing face. What did you people expect her to say?
    "Oh, by the way, I LIED when I said Obama is not ready to be president?" Or maybe, " Oh and I lied when I said Obama has a thin resume?" Now your nit picking her body language? How much lower would you like to go just to get headlines?

    August 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Katie

    Oh for gosh sake people let it go!! CNN has gone nuts with this garbage.

    August 27, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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