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. Harut

    I think we are united even though Hill said all of this!

    August 27, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Wyatt

    I am trying to see the humor here. What in the world does this have to do with Clinton's extremely solid and powerful delivery? It is history, it is unity, it is the strength of a person that I want my children to witness. Body language? If you read limited emoting it possibly could have been her pantsuit giving her discomfort. Get real and report something of substance – stop the noise.

    August 27, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Kevin Mack

    This 'body language stuff goes a bit too far. So who's examining body language of person or persons examining body language of Hillary?

    August 27, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Jeanne Beans

    I would have to agree with this article. She really made only a half-effort...just enough to get all this praise for helping Obama so much. Pleeeeeeeeeez. I wish Obama would move on and stop kissing up to the Clinton's. THAT is turning me off.

    August 27, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. joni

    oh come on.... her body language has always shown the true person she is!!! she needs to get over this.
    The Bill-Hillary time is over, they need to move on, and let Obama be our next President. Bill already had his chance and we do not need another Clinton in the white house!!! that's for sure.

    I'm sick of all the whining and anger from them both over this. They are poor losers!!!!

    August 27, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Ms. Smith

    So many deserved insults to CNN - what more should I say.

    But, I am curious. You close down sites for commentary, sometimes after 20. Why keep this going when it is about 98% negative toward CNN?

    August 27, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Sunny SoCA

    Get real CNN - this is a new low even for you!

    What did you expect Hillary to do - kiss BO's ring?

    Isn't it about time he took a little control and responsibility?

    You thought Reagan was made of teflon - I bit BO has it all over him - nothing he does or has done - in the past 20 yrs. seems to stick. Maybe that is because he has the media behind him, DNC in his pocket, etc.

    We can only hope for 2012 – and Hillary will be back.

    My vote is mine and mine a lone - speak with your vote !

    August 27, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Don

    Why haven't you commented on John McCains body language everytime he speaks? Oh, I know why, everybody knows his body language says he doesn't have a clue as to what's going on.

    August 27, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. WilKo

    This episode surrounding the die hard Clinton delegates is ridiculous to the point of insanity. For those who consider themselves part of this group, are you SERIOUSLY pondering either sitting out this election, or in the extreme, VOTING FOR Senator McCain? Let's place a very tacit point on the table:

    During the Rick Warren discussions, Senator McCain, when asked who he would not have appointed to the Supreme Court among those Justices currently sitting, named everyone of the center-left leaning, socially moderate, objective constitutional interpreters. For those of you, and especially those of the female gender, who care about one's right to choose, and most importantly about issues concerning your personal well-being, a vote for Senator McCain or a non-vote essentially condemns all of you to yet more restrictions on your freedoms.

    Is the disappointment you feel, which is understandable given its historical precedent, worth a near certain perpetuation, or worse, a further constraining of our Rights as American Humans?

    Please GET OVER IT, GET REAL, and GET TO THE POLLS and vote for Senator Obama, if not for him personally, then for the change the refreshed Democratic message represents to this country.

    August 27, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Rob indetroit

    this better be the last time , Obama deserve respect.

    August 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Fed Up Democrat Now Independent

    Hillary deserves the nomination!!! Obama divided the party, not Hillary! Everybody new Hillary was going to run, while he played around with the media on whether or not he'd run. Obama, the media and the DNC screwed up the party. They are solely responsible for this whole mess! Obama WILL NOT get my vote.

    Blitzer was brown nosing Obama when Gulliani said that Obama owes an explanation for this crime against Hillary. He does owe an explanation/apology. I'm done with the democratic party because you can't tell the difference between most of the democrats and the republicans anymore.

    August 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Allen In North Carolina

    No Way..... No How.... No Mchillary....... She's done more for the republican party than for the democrates.....

    After all the help for the repubs..... Seems like you people would realize that she'll never be president..... At least not for the dems..... Ray Charles could have seen that...... She should have kept herself on the issues, Instead of thinking she was running her campaign in the 60's, And being the lying, cheating, and conniving person she is........ She could be getting the nomination...... We all know what payback is....... Reap what you sow.......

    OBAMA..... 2008,2012

    August 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. richfisher

    She looked like a jack-o-lantern when she rolled her eyes.

    August 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Carol in VI

    If Obama loses this race, it's this type of nonsense from the media, he can thank for it. The more the media digs at Hillary, the more her supporters will be turned off for what they see as unfair treatment.
    Hillary has done her part with much grace. She ran a heck of a good race and got a lot farther than anyone in the media ever gave her credit to be able to do from the beginning.

    Obama now needs to do his. He made his choice, he has to live with it, and so does everyone else. If the country had really wanted Biden, Biden would have been the last standing with Obama not Hillary. It is now up to Obama to prove to the country his choices were right and that he has real substance to go along with his hope speeches.

    I liked both candidates and wished both would have been on the ticket together. That would have really showed change would have been for real. The entire democratic people showed by their votes divided between an African American and a woman that they really were serious about change. That is a first in America's history.

    While both sides are arguing with each other, to the rest of us in the world, the totality of both sides choosing two people entirely out of the norm was monumental. It's a shame that the media and other influences find their way into what could have been the most significant moment in America's history as well as to the rest of us around the world watching.

    Obama lost what could have been a very golden moment in history already not only for women in the US but around the world. We sat on the edges of our seat hoping he would see it and take it.

    August 27, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. PETE


    OBAMA '08 AND '12

    August 27, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. American Slaves

    Senator Clinton said: " 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 boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?"

    Yes, Senator Clinton, I am in it...

    I am in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage...
    I am in it for that other boy who cannot be with his father because his father bought him too many "toys" for his electric train hobby...
    I am in it for that other boy who cannot be with his father because his father loves him too much...
    I am in it for that other boy who cannot attend a better school because he is not with his father...
    Yes! Senator Clinton, I am in it for that boy who is a slave of the State under Title IV-D...
    Yes! Oh, Yes! Senator Clinton, I am in it for those other fathers you did not mention.

    What should Freedom?

    August 27, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    please stop dividing our party and analyzing every last bit of detail surrounding Hillary. Lets instead try and focus on the next battle at hand, getting Barack Obama in as our next president. You are a news organization, why spend so much time on historical conjecture? Lets reporting what the elected candidates are going to do for this country and not what some body language tells us about yesterdays candidate please.

    August 27, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. Walt, Belton,TX

    Obviously, she knows a loser when she sees one!

    August 27, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Upon Further Review

    Its pitiful that every body wants to be a mind reader and put their own spin on things.Bla Bla Bla

    August 27, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Dennis

    Don't they have something more important to report on, like tropical storm fay or something?

    August 27, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. W O W WO W

    R I G H T -O N-T H E - P A N T S U I T !

    August 27, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Kate Fergus

    How ridiculous this whole thing is!! Hillary was brilliant. Why does everyone keep attacking and second guessing her? She is the most presidential person that I have seen on the stage to date. Why didn't anyone analyze Michelle Obama's body language which I thought was more stilted, stiff and insincere?

    Get on with the important stuff and report the real news!!

    August 27, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Kevin Smith

    Simply put; Hillary is a sore loser. Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

    August 27, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. PUMA forever !

    PUMA's Unite! Vote McCain in 2008 and HILLARY in 2012 !

    August 27, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Crush Rush

    I read her tea leaves and they said she would get sick of wearing pant suits soon.

    August 27, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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