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. IndependentThinker, NY

    Dear CNN,

    There's no need to be a body language expert to realize that you're the worst political team on television. You're so fooled that you're giving those nasty GOP guys a talking point about Hillary supporters who might defect to McSenile...

    If you think they are a great deal of people (Hillary supporters) who are willing to vote for McOld even though he thinks women don't deserve equal payment for equal job required equal qualifications or they want to end the war in Iraq or desperately want Health care knowing the Obama's plan is 95% similar to HRC's but 1% similar to McBush's
    you're a fool.

    More importantly they know she might have a shot in 8 years, she will only be 68 comparing to McBush who is 72 and yet look like he's 100 years old

    Grow up and get back to the work you have been paid for !
    which spread the news and not talking points to the GOP
    let's see if you gonna post this one

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Ohio.

    Why are we not talking about the divide in the Republican party? Romney said that McCain wouldn't stand a chance against Obama, those words actually came out of his mouth. Yet, he's on every morning show auditioning for vice president, and here we are... still talking about Clinton and Obama.

    Cnn, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Truly.

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Rewmie

    This analysis is such a joke! I guess the media's job is to continue to print baseless inflamatory opinions!

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. JT

    Why are there 18 entries on this blog about Obama and only ONE STORY about McCain?

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. nitro

    She didnt say what the media and the republican world wanted her to say so now you take a look at her body language. You people are pathetic.

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Puffin

    I just cannot believe what is happening! Instead of zooming on the message ‘change’ the future of America this Convention is turning into a huge promotion for the Clintons. It is actually quite depressing. They gave McCain a reason to celebrate.

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. larry wi

    Only a fool would believe that Hillary's committment to Nobama was sincere, you simply do not open up your arms to embrace an opponent/enemy who has succeded in defeating you, especially so when you believe you were cheated during the process. Lets see how embracing HillBillie is tonight.

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Aaron Pincus

    I guess CNN decided to borrow a page from the Bill O'Rielly playbook. He has these kinds of unscientific analyses on his show every week. Very disappointing to see it from CNN.

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I just talked to an executive at FOX News. He said he thought CNN's coverage was slanted too much to the right.

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. John

    If Dan Hill's an expert on body language, he missed every sign she gave she was happy to endorse Obama, and without reservation.

    Keep your day job, Dan.

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Cathy

    CNN is STILL trying to keep this "so-called" division in the democratic party going. I'm sick of CNN and will start watch C-SPAN for the Convention coverage!!!!

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Jesse, St. Louis Park, MN

    CNN will shut down before it unequivocally states that Clinton IS IN FACT supporting Obama.

    It used to be that you could learn something from the news. Now, new outlets, such as CNN, are responsible for the dumbing down of Americans.

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. EBC

    LORD HAVE MERCY..... how many times can we spin, twist and over analyze nothing into something. WHY is this even being reported? Everyone's mannerism is different, if you asked t0 people, they would all interpret differently.

    ENOUGH ALREADY..... your killing us with these stupid nonsense. NO one cares!!

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Dylan

    Are you kidding??

    Give me a bleeping break CNN. Your pathetic attempt to manufacture a story out of nothing is getting downright disgusting.

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. CT- Nations Capitol

    Ok CNN , I am officially turned off.. this is ridiculous. I try to be understanding but Im tuning into PBS or C-SPAN. whomever has taken over your internet relations and broadcasts have truely lost the concept of good reporting as opposed to tabloid-type antics. I thought CNN was the foremost on issues.

    I bet this will not be posted.

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |

    A N D–M I C H E L L E--O ' S --P O S T U R E ? ? ?

    August 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. james chan

    what a load of crap....I can't believe you are wasting headline space with this garbage.

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Jason, TN

    What a joke.

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Ted




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

    This is the first time I have ever heard of a body language expert being on CNN. Fox loves to use them and they always seem to say what Fox would love to hear. Sadly, this is exactly what seems to be the case here. CNN is so afraid of being called liberal by the morons at Fox that they have no problem becoming just like Fox: conservative...the only four-letter word in politics.

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I'm sure this body language expert has also watched John McCain and undoubtedly has determined he's unfit in more ways than one. Keeping them honest.

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Go Obama

    This isn't news...just another diversion for McCain. CNN you are really turning off your viewers and bloggers.

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. No Way. No How. NO McCAIN!!

    Ok, now folks are desperately digging for more stuff. CNN, are you trying to get more ratings ?

    Hillary's speech was fantastic! All one needs to do is notice how you felt when she spoke. It was moving and she moved me.

    So quit trying to speculate on what isn't there.

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. An Expert on Body Language

    LOL ! Give me a break !

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Right On

    Obama can't bring his party together, how's he going to bring the country together?? He can't!

    His worse mistake so far was picking 'no bounce Bidden' for VP!
    Anyone with any brains knows he should have picked HRC.

    August 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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