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. jeanette

    Hillary was brilliant! Period!!!
    We are making history! God Bless American and the Democratic Party!!
    We will take our country back – we will end the war mongering – the fear mongering – the hate mongering – the race baiting – and the bitterness heaped on us from the past 8 years of the Bush/Cheney Republican administration.
    For the best coverage go to MSNBC or c-span.

    We are the United Democrats of America!!
    Vote Smart – Obama-Biden '08!

    August 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. huh?

    Why is this news?

    August 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. L for Legend

    Is the body language thing equivalent to a lie detector test? It looks like the media is injectingeverything at its disposal into this election. I wonder if McBush III will develop a twitch beforn the RNC.

    August 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. fa

    That's right appealing to voters at large. This election is much than the PUMA. The voters at large: that matters

    August 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. v.a.

    seriously? now that i know this relevant information i better go back to being a PUMA!!!!!

    omg CNN grow the heck up. this is ridiculous.

    August 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Clinton Supporter

    Give me a break. This woman did more than any other losing candidate has EVER done, and you're looking at her cheek muscles???

    Do you think the audience-1/4 of mile away in that cavern they call a conference center could see her CHEEK MUSCLES-even on a giant and distant TV screen???

    Do you think they were even looking at her cheek muscles??? I think they were listening to her, and they were electrified by her WORDS.

    Just back off, or do you WANT to undo all her good work for Obama??

    August 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Pat D

    And Mr Hill what did your face show as you made these judgements
    about Hillary. Did your mouth smirk a little also. Give us all a break

    August 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. JoelWhy

    A 'body language' expert? Most of this type of analysis is just pseudo-science nonsense. It's only slightly more reliable than tarot card readings!

    August 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Zion

    Republican News Channel..will you please stop trying to make Hillary a divisive figure. She is a true Democrat through and through. There are some who will not vote for Obama because he's a black man. It's their loss after all Obama is rich, and so is Clinton. She did a beautiful job with her speech last night. GET OVER IT...

    August 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Disgusted republican

    Is this a joke? Could we possibly overanalyze the Clinton/Obama relationship more? Enough is enough.

    Here's an idea: Let's talk about the many serious issues that are facing our country today, and how McCain and Obama views differ.

    August 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse NY

    How about an analysis of Michelle Obama's body language during Hillary's speech. She looked downright onery.

    August 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Mark Wagner

    Really CNN? Really? Her body language now? Does Clinton need to get a tattoo on her forehead saying that she supports Obama?

    Please stop making up drama so you can keep your storyline going.

    August 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Hillary actually did a lot better than what I thought she would do. I think for the moment and time, it was her best shot. Although, I can't figure out why she was proud to be everything but a 'wife'.
    I was slightly disappointed that she did not set the lies and rumors that are out there on Obama straight. And a little disappointed that she did not talk more on women's voting rights. I also think that she should have just mentioned slightly Shirley Chisolm, who had run in the Democratic Primaries in the 70's ????

    August 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Unite

    CNN come on, what the hell are you doing? do some real work, thanks.

    August 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |

    The media needs to stop critisizing her!! They bash her for everything. She was exceptional yesterday!! She even moved me and I am not a Barack Obama supporter. She is a dynamic speaker and she will always be America's sweet heart!

    In last night's ten minute speech she was more presidential than Obama has ever been in his 15 months of campaigning.

    GO GIRL!!!

    August 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    This article is the stupidest thing I ever read. Can't you media types just move on and stop trying to stir controversy? It was a great speech by Hillary and a glowing endorsement of Obama.

    August 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Jefferson

    What a waste of report.. Honestly!

    I think Hillary is doing more than what Obama deserves to help him. She did say she supports him. The rest is up to Obama to court these voters. Now, don't blame her if they are not impressed by him. He has to work really hard. Period.

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

    Wow, I can't believe that you published this article. Can we get an additional body language expert for a second opipion?

    August 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Jim, IN

    You hired a body language expert to analyze her? Come on CNN, lets keep our eye on the ball. This is extreme by any standards.

    August 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Susan Sweet

    Is this in the same expertise asdental experts who have put men on death row who later were found to be innocent through DNA testing? As a psychologist myself... I despise pop psychology - and this is the best the republicans who decided to air this story could do?

    August 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Joe

    This is getting ridiculous. Where now examining her body language? Are you kidding me? What next? Give the woman a break. She delivered a tremendous speech!

    August 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Lets talk about McCain's body language every time he gives a speech. He looks like an angry old man and the spitting image of the Sith Lord. Scary!

    August 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. V

    Just let it go CNN. Why do you want to split the democratic party?

    August 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |

    LOL...this might be the stupidest article you frauds have ever posted!

    A body language have officially become the Onion.

    A 10 on the unintentional comedy scale!

    August 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. jazzyd

    Please stop grasping at straws and trying to create the story yourself. You WANT an Obama/Clinton conflict which is why you and the other networks are fanning the flames.

    August 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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