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."

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  1. ajhbeauty

    I'm a Clinton supporter to the end and i deeply feel that she has done her part into unifying the democratic party again but I was never big into voting for Obama and has never thought about switching parties because of the way i felt about a candidate even if i felt that he wasn't prepared enough to take office but I think of it like this, for the last eight years our nation has been lacking in true leadership and has been turned upside down. I can't see myself voting for someone (McCain) whom basis his whole political ideology on the similar actions of Bush mainly for the fact that since he has been is office our country has became weakened and crippled. So I would rather vote for someone whom understands the fact that our nation is in need of real change and who wants to attempt to be a real leader to our country and that is why i am voting for Obama, i take it as a chance that we all need to take, if you are as tired as i am from the last eight years of chaos with Bush, its time to be out with the old, and in with new. It took a democrat(Clinton) to fix what the first Bush did and it's going to take another democrat(Obama) to fix what this Bush has ruined!
    In regards to CNN, I believe that having someone analyze a person's body language is ridiculous that's makes CNN be as pathetic as most of these awful gossip magazines. To me it feels as a ploy to make the Hiliary Clinton, can't be a humble woman and do what it takes to unify her party.

    August 27, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Souza

    Just like when she ran in the Primaries it seems she can never do enough.
    Ted Kennedy when he lost to Jimmy Carter wouldn't even shake his hand.
    She did a great job last night so everyone stop the complaining.

    August 27, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. James Linney

    Jeeze, how lame. It was a great speech, body and all. You need to get a real life (or a real job).

    August 27, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Matt

    Why would you torment someone by forcing them to watch Clinton's body? Even her husband doesn't do that muahaha

    August 27, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. true democrat

    Wow! "Crocodile smile"... are you kidding me? She gave an amazing speech that centered around supporting Obama and argued she had not spent her career trying to evoke social changes to hand the white house over to Republicans during times like these. Give the woman some credit. Let's see how long the MEDIA can keep the dems divided.

    August 27, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Francisco Cardenas

    The body language expert is full of himself. She did a great job ... far better than Obama deserved!

    August 27, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. JJ in NY

    No big surprise..... everybody knows that billary is undermining Obama's chance of becoming president. The clintons are doing everything to scuttle Obama in the hopes of McCain winning in 2008 so she would have the chance to rerun in 2012... and to hell with the democratic party and to hell with America and all the American people ...... for the clintons, the end justifies the means.... anything that gets them elected king & queen .

    August 27, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. outside looking in

    It is frightening to see the threats being made on this comment blog that if Obama does not win, the African Americans will blame her and Bill and she will never win!

    This does not sound to me like it is a party united. It smacks of something far more divisive!

    August 27, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    It said that most Clinton Dems are voting Green in 2008.

    August 27, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. MediumSizedRob

    What a shock this would be his opinion. Hillary has never been known for being extremely emotive in the first place. We don't need a "body language expert" to tell us this kind of thing.

    August 27, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Pathetic....

    Bill O'Reilly is the body language expert. Anytime you are venturing into O'Reill territory you are venturing out of the "news" business.

    Good lord CNN. Get with it.

    August 27, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. The Bottom Line

    For me, the bottom line is the next president will be in the position to nominate justices for SCOTUS. I cringe at the types of jurists McCain will select.

    All of you PUMA people need to get a grip. This country cannot afford 4 years of Bush's sidekick running the show.

    August 27, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Marty

    I can't smile when I say Obama either.

    August 27, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. tripp

    This is journalistic DRIVEL.

    August 27, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Cheri

    OMG!!!! CNN you are losing it big time. You are rapidly turning into the FOX NEWS channel.This is the type of dumb stuff that they do .UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Shanti

    Why does the media feel compelled to write this kind of drivel? Does analyzing Hillary's body language and giving it a negative spin really help this electoral process? It only creates more divisiveness. Part of the change we need in this world is for the media to change, to become totally responsible for the power and influence your words hold. Let people decide for themselves in their own guts and hearts how they felt about her speech. Don't waste my TV and internet time with all of the projection and useless, endless, speculation that goes on. I don't need your opinions. PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE for the unnecessary negativity you spin out into the world!

    August 27, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Brenda

    WHAT NEXT CNN ?? And why the hell should she emote for Obama? He is treating her like dirt and you expect her to fall at his feet ? Just because he is OBAMA THE GREAT !!!
    Just for a second imagine if she got the nomination and had treated Obama the way he is treating her , would the reaction be the same??

    I am hoping Bill Clinton wil lgive them a piece of his mind .

    A suggestion for CNN – You should probably change into a Daytime soap opera channel cos there is no news happening from your end anymore.

    August 27, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Sandy

    CNN news pundits admit quite often that they are "reading tea leaves". HA – not a news channel at all.

    August 27, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Kanaka Hawaii

    When's the shrink's report coming out?

    August 27, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. wacko jacko

    I really don't give a rat's butt about any of that. I'm waiting for the REAL excitement........when Howard Dean starts his idiotic screaming like he did in '04. Now, THAT was something special.....and truly representative of the party!

    August 27, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Sal

    Botox will do that to your smile. All kidding aside, anyone who claims to have voted for Hillary during the primary based on her stances on the issues of the day and is now saying they will vote for McCain is a complete joke of an American... not to mention a liar. There, I said it. That would be like a Red Sox fan rooting for their team to beat the Angels in the playoffs, then rooting for the Yankees over the Angels once the Angels beat the Sox. Follow me? Doesn't make any sense. McCain is the Yankees in this scenario. If you hate what the Yankees stand for, you don't all of the sudden up and root for them because they're playing the team that beat your Red Sox! I don't get it people!

    August 27, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. A CANUCK


    August 27, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Nancy

    I switched from Fox News Network during the primary season to CNN. Fox is totally biased. So now I am finding CNN creating doubts in almost every story. Stop trying to create problems. The media is a powerful tool. Stirring up trouble with your what ifs and maybe's will not help America solve her problems. Be truthful and just report the news. Otherwise we might as well switch to MSNBC next.

    August 27, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. anonymous

    I agree Hillary was up there for herself. At least Michelle Obama sends a sincere message. She will be a genuine first lady. At least Michelle Obama supports good family values and it shows. Her children are adorable.

    August 27, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Paula, CA

    I am proud of Hillary Clinton, I think she pulled it off last night! I am glad that the Democrats are showing strong signs of unity. However, please let's not be naive, Hillary Clinton gave that speech for Hillary Clinton's political future as much as she did for Obama (if not more).

    Also, the fact remains that Hillary ran a slimy campaign and she had to pick up after HER MESS. She did not do Obama any favors! Obama owes her nothing! In fact, she should have done more before now. HOWEVER, in reference to last night's speech, she did as much as she could in that speech and for that, the true Democrats thank her.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 27, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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