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

Examining body language: What did Clinton's say?


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. Shaun

    Its rare to see americans at much of a consensus on anything, but it is nice to see that everyone pretty much agrees that cnn is getting out of hand trying to create drama from nothing.

    August 27, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. educated Ron

    Cnn should also analyze a speach the same way when discussing something they know she believes. Can't base your conclusion with nothing to compare it to. In looking at all the blogs and comments this whole primary you all have really kept us reading these things. Clinton vs Obama has really made you all millions in ratings.

    August 27, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    I hope Hillary's belittled supporters will consider voting for McCain.

    If McCain wins, he will likely serve 1 term. So, HRC can run in 2012.
    If Obama wins, he will likely run in 2012. So, HRC can run in 2016.

    On October 26, Hillary will be 61.
    In October 2012, she will be 65.
    In October 2016, she will be 69.

    Can you really wait 8 more years?

    August 27, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Cecil


    August 27, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. ATLdem4Obama08!!!

    I am an Obama supporter who supported Hillary until she changed my vote and opinion of her by her disrespect of Obama and air of entitlement. That said, I was SO proud of her for delivering a wonderful, powerful, and electrifying spech! I'm sorry to see that my preferred online news site has decided to take such a low road by posting this ridiculous body language article. No matter how many Hillary supporters wont and dont vote for Obama, he is still going to be the next POTUS! In my state alone he has registered over 400,000 new voters and that will more than make up for any PUMA's who are too racist to vote for Obama. Since he and Hill have the same views on every issue the only possible reason they could have to not vote Obama is his race. BARACK the VOTE! Obama/Biden 08 and 12!!!!

    August 27, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Gary

    Why is it that if Obama loses Hillary can run again in 2012, why can't Obama win and Hillary can run again against him in 2012 for the top spot, is it because Obama might do a very good job and keep his presidency for eight years. Just food for thought.

    August 27, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Clinton Supporters voting for the Republicans !! How ridiculous and amazing!! The Clintons were more besieged and reviled by the Republicans than any other politicians in history. Obamas and Clintons policies are virtually identical and starkly different from McCains. In this context and with the health of the country and the world depending on the decision these jokers are voting for those same Republicans to support Hilary!! How dumb are these people...really!!!

    August 27, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. RufusVonDufus

    The beech still thinks she is the presumptive nominee and Obama only won through manipulation of the press. She lost and needs to get over it. Her and Billybob are a disgrace to the Democrat party. Go away Clintons, go away!

    August 27, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Bruce Kettler

    Is this the same "body language expert' who schills for Bill O'Really?

    I expect a phrenologist tomorrow.

    After Barak Obama's speech, I expect you will be examining the entrails of a chicken.

    Good luck with that.

    August 27, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29