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. Mike from CA.


    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Silence Dogood

    She was great! She was supportive! Wonderful speech.

    But there has to be strife and hate. What about her body language? Was that a strange color blue behind her? What about the temperature in the room? What phase was the moon in?

    Maybe she is just a Great Person giving a Great Speech!

    But if Obama loses, his followers and the media will look back and blame. She could have done more. Maybe she wasn't totally supportive. Get ready for it to be everyone's fault (especially a woman) except Obama.

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

    I agree!!!! I saw the same thing!!!!! NO to empty words and the face telling the truth!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Chris

    CNN, this IS a joke, right?

    Please tell us you ARE indeed a news agency with considerable clout and not the equivalent of a supermarket tabloid talking about tarot cards.

    Honestly, this is COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS. You're reporting on a political convention for perhaps the most important election the U.S. has ever faced. That is, perhaps the most important election right now in the free world.

    The country is in dire straits because of eight years of the Republican administration botching just about everything. And you're hiring a body language expert to create a story???

    I'm appalled.

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Matt: honestly

    CNN I must say, this is pretty rediculous, and it just fuels the fire that the media is trying to create a division in the party because it is a good story. Rediculous.

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. political junky

    Give me a break! Are you that desperate for a story?

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Jason, J'ville Florida

    This section is absolute lunacy!!!! TED TURNER!!! Can you please buy back CNN? They have lost their "marbels"!!! A body language expert!? It's one thing to run such an absurd piece, but to present as if it's somehow credible. Or better yet, as if any of us could give a "flying fig" about it. CNN has truly lost it's way. The country no longer belongs to the people. There are serious issues out there, life and death issues, and this is how CNN and the OTHER "Corporate Media" treats us. Like we are freaking idiots and the off spring of Jerry Springer Show contestants past. This is utterly ridiculous!!! Get back to reporting the news.

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Lisa

    How about the ugliest face and body language that Michelle Obama put forward during Hillary Clinton's speech...Michelle really does think she is "all that" doesn't she...she makes me sick...just like her husband Obama. Hope he loses by a landslide so they can squirm their way back to Chicago where they belong.

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. drv

    By Jebus.....seriously I know body language experts need jobs, too, but this is ridiculous! Wow, lets cover something less important, already. What do either of the candidates and their teams need to do to make you be happy? And then they wonder why the rest of the world thinks we are just a tad bit too self-absorbed.

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Andrew Davis

    Is CNN for real? A body language "expert" offering opinions on what Hillary REALLY meant. Why not just say she said it and now supports Obama. Let's get on with the real issues in the election instead of wasting time with nonsense?

    August 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    I'm sick of these "body language experts" and "political analysts" and "sources" in the news! Enough is enough!

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


    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. ET

    Ok CNN you explain Hillary's body language to us morons out here. I didn't watch the convention last night to check out her body language, I watched to hear her speech, and it was oustanding, the best one. Us morons will be waiting for you to explain the body language to us!!!!

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Trey

    This article is idiotic! Some "expert" shoots his mouth off and we are supposed to believe him. The so-called science of body language is wishy-washy at best.

    And, as for the Hillary supporters who the media is saying won't support Obama – how stupid!!! You really think they'd rather put the wrinkley old white dude in?

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. objective perspective

    this is pointless really. this question is obviously motivated by people who would want to divide the democratic party. why would anyone try to read someone's body language when they've offered there words for communication. its not like body language is an easy form to communicate with.

    let's cut to the chase...

    republicans want to broaden the every-disappearing divide in the democratic party by misleding Clinton followers into believing she doesnt want Obama to represent her and her followers in November.

    Here's a question.... if you have to cheat to win, then what have you really won?

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Alan

    I hope someone from the site reads these comments and notices how overwhelmingly dismissive they are of spin-trash/republican-agenda-pushing articles like this. What's up, CNN? Not enough drama for you in the serious and consequential real news?

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Jose

    This is nonsense that the media has to put up so that this "feud" can continue. The Hillary vs. Obama argument can be over with else there isn't a story.

    How bout instead of analyzing body language, someone at CNN analyze the consequences of our current President's policies to the American people.

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Fatima

    It is disgusting , really !!

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Lori

    Can't wait for Republican National Convention so I can post about how I'm a republican and "make up" how angry I am about McCain and how I'm "now" going to vote for Obama. Jeez, this lying stuff is fun....

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. none of your business

    When is CNN going to stop trying so hard to create news? Why can't you just report the news? This cable network is on a slipply slope going down hill into a big bucket and this has been going on for the last two years! Now all the actors have this stern face when talking into the camera – – – – I think all of you need to go to Club Met for a real party rather than trying to second guess all the national conventions – – – you have lost all creditable ability to report the issues without putting some phony spin on it!! I have followed CNN for over 20 years and think right now your doing the worst job ever – – – stop thinking the general public are a bunch of fools!!

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. tremlett

    lemme tell you cnn and bodylanguage experts. democrats are not expecting hillary to come out emotionally and all out to the last fibre in her heart to say something for obama. we all know that she is human being and we all know she can be disappointed for not being the nominee. under that context put yourself in and see how you would have delivered the speech. going by that scenario hillary has done incredibly well. cnn should focus on some other crap news than this.

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. spacewriter

    I second the motion to watch CSPAN for non- pre-digested coverage of the conventions. Are we Americans or are we drugged couch potatoes that need news "reporters" on CNN or FauxNews or MSNBC to digest our news for us?

    I'd like to think that we have more brains than that.

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Becky

    Oh my Goodness. CNN has become the same calibur as FOX NEWS. Did you decide to compete with O'Reilly on body experts. I am now officially leaving CNN online and TV for good. I left Fox after their foolishness and hatefulness of Senator Obama. I hope your ratings plummet to the bottom. I will watch MSNBc until they get as foolish as you. BYE- BYE

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. No Bounce Biden

    It's already sad to see some many unqualified people holding positions beyond they capacities in the ordinary world... Now we're about to put the least qualified candidate to run our country...!!

    I've never feel so low as a democrat.

    August 27, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. less media more issues

    Has anyone checked out the body language of the third row? : )

    Let's get real. If this was a man, body langage would not be under discussion. I'd like to tell all you pundits to get a life.

    August 27, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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