August 27th, 2008
04:08 PM ET
13 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. Katy

    CNN, after reading all these comments, have you taken the hint yet?!! My god, your news reporting has stooped to an all-time low.

    August 27, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. ben

    You have now completed your sellout.
    Body-language analysis? Come on. Your network has devolved into a tabloid.

    How about some 'news'?

    August 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. fisherman

    Good, freakin' grief! CNN has accomplished its ambition to put out the most drivel in the shortest time of any purported news service. Quit trying to CAUSE division among Democratic voters, and start reporting the NEWS, for Pete's sake!


    August 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Seminole32 - Portland

    This is incredible. I'll admit that I am no fan of Hillary for a number of reasons. That being said, she went above adn beyond the call of duty in her speech to help achieve party unity. No one, and I mean, no one could have asked her to do more. I praise the senator from NY and she has finally won my respect. CNN, get over it.

    August 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Nelson King

    How fast Hillary changed from bashing to praising Obama. I believe she must be praticing her speech hundreds time to hide her real emotion. She is a good politician but not a good actor.

    August 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Don Laventhall

    Much Ado About NOTHING! Get over it!!!!! You are sounding like yesterday's tired old news. Nobody cares about this anymore. We have REAL issues to discuss like the war in Iraq, a record breaking deficit, a spiralling economy, universal health care. Stop beating the same old boring drum. Hillary's "crocodile smile"!!! Please find something worthy to write about and stop wasting our time. Hillary gave a GREAT speech. OKAY???!!!

    August 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Danny in Chicago


    August 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Tony

    Great! Another EXPERT! Give me a break!

    August 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Tom

    "You can't hide those lyin' eyes..........." And who can blame her. She knows that the strongest candidate for prez is herself and the DNC summarily dismissed that opportunity and then she's supposed to salute the arrogant *** the DNC picked? She did the best she could and Obama and the DNC should be thrilled she did that much. She owes them nothing but contempt.

    August 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. DemInVA

    I don't usually comment on these items – but this is such a joke that I had to say something.

    What do people want Hillary Clinton to do? She can do no right in the eyes of the media – CNN is just about as bad as Fox News...

    If any people were not moved by her speech – then the heck with them – they wouldn't have voted for Obama, Richardson, Biden, Dodd...they might say they are a DEM but they are not telling the truth...

    August 27, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. SL, PA

    Do we really have to take this here? Why are you not speaking about what was Caroline Kennedy, Edward Kennedy and Michelle Obama body language saying? Because we all saw and felt the sincerity, hope and the linkage of the string that unite us all; regardless of race, color, gender o religious beliefs.

    I just wonder how anyone would feel if they were a part of a team/group and applying for a position that (they wanted so desperately) and by winning it would make them the leader of that team/group and lost.

    Would one just walk away pouting? Or still support the winner because they themselves are a winner; and a part of a team/group that helps make all of them complete.

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Ron

    Hillary brought the roof down.
    Michelle was trying to make up for her past mistakes about not feeling patriotic. Too little too late.

    McCain will win this.
    We don't need Biden in the WH to babysit Obama – this isn't a game folks. Obama has no experience.

    McCain in 08
    Hillary in 2012

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. dee

    You have GOT to be kidding. How low can CNN stoop?

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Mrs.L

    whats going on with cnn somebody make you stop being truthful???

    I agree with many here today you are loosing my respect and view ship. We are better off watching the BBC

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. David S

    I agree with others - it's irrelevant, in no way hard journalism, and I cannot conceive of it as anything other than a blatant attempt to perpetuate divisiveness.

    Worse, though, this piece misses the entire point. Clinton made clear that when people voted for her, they were supporting policies... and they should continue to vote for those BELIEFS:
    "I want you to ask yourselves: were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that young boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?"

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Esther cuyahoga falls ohio

    quit analyzing ever small detail of this election if you want to analyze get a phych degree and couch

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. JJ

    CNN...Did you guys really go out and hire a body language expert???? You guys have too much time on your hands. Why must you keep this fued going by covering a silly thing like this?? GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Humberto

    The DNC should scrap Obamas nomination now! before it's too late to win the whiteHouse. No one can change Obama's history and inexperience, no one will vote for him on that premise. Looks like Obama had much more to do with Ayer's (The Pentagon Bomber) then he led on, looks like he surrounds his self and is attracted to many unsavory characters.

    Democrat for McCain if Clinton is not the nominee

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Tony

    ....and a Republicant "so-called" EXPERT too I'll bet. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. sck

    Seriously CNN? This is the best you can do? This is just a joke. You should be ashamed of yourselves and focus on some real news, like the fact that Hillary Clinton gave a rousing speech enthusiastically endorsing Sen. Obama and telling America why John McCain has no business being President.

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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  22. chuck


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  23. Anonymous

    for cripes sake, leave Hilary alone, her speech was outstanding, the best I have ever heard in a long time. She is brilliant and has done an excellent job in New YOrk, just compare the two records. Quit with the picking on her.

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Democrat for McCain

    All democrats know what has transpired behind the scenes.

    Clinton has been duped.

    Obama is great, but Hillary has been neglected and sidelined.

    Joe Biden with just 9000 votes chosen VP , uh , funny.

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Melanie

    I was all ready to write that this pathetic, bottom-scraping attempt to spin drama out of the convention is the last straw for me with CNN, but I see that scores of other people have beat me to it.

    Young journalists just starting out their careers at this pale similacrum of a news outlet, leave now and find a job somewhere where you would have some hope of maintaining your self-respect.

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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