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. Jackson Redditch

    Who cares? What a waste of disk space.

    August 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. bernadette

    unfortunately, this does not surprise me. She did not say Obama had the ability to lead, or counter the McCain campaign attacks against him – she talked issues only. And, her husband continues to make 'wink wink' remarks (like the candidates x and y comments) that send a clear message : don't vote Obama so Hillary can run in 2012. What they, and their ardent supporters, do not care about is what will happen to the American people in the next 4 years if McCain wins – all they care about is that Hillary be given a chance in 2012 and to hell with us till then. It is pure selfishness – pure ego- something the Clintons are known for and unfortunately their ardent supporters are the same. They all treat her as she was robbed of a crown she was entitled to. They don't act like Democrats at all, and if I were running the convention I would not give the Clintons the time of day. True Democrats care about the American people and what they are going through now, and don't want us to wait four more years for what we need and what this country needs. If Obama loses, my plea in 2012 will be "no more Clintons".

    August 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Chryssa

    If Hillary's supporters aren't behind Barack now, they never will be. Let's stop wasting our time and energy on their whiny butts.

    August 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Syndy

    I am an Obama supporter. I also like Hillary. Instead of people bashing Michelle Obama, why don't you bash CNN and Fox News for creating malice where people seem to healing.

    August 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Jade

    Iv decided to vote for Obama..

    It still hurts that hilary isnt our nominee, especially after that amazing presidential speach she gave last night! But she was right.. i addmit it..Obama for 4 years could never be worse then McCain!

    Obama 08..Hilary 12!

    August 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Ross- Ohio

    What about body odor expert or better yet; a body heat emission expert- what did they say?

    August 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. MissKayM

    Kudos to Hillary!
    She did a great job with speech, body language the whole thing.
    Give the lady credit. She is knocking herself out supporting Obama.
    All negative about the Clintons from CNN. Always...
    I think the body language you all emit is jealousy for the
    fact that Hillary is a woman and has such great intelligence.
    This is the last straw...body analysis...What a load of ....
    Report the real news please...that would be a change and do not
    beat it to death all the time.

    Oh if you could read my body language right now!

    August 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Young Republican

    I think we're all being PUNK'D by CNN!

    August 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Victoria

    What did Hillary say when people start to throw rocks keep on going and don"nt look back! Other words we are going to have unity and come November we are going to the voting booth and vote Obama/Biden for our next President and VP President

    August 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Sue Fugate

    Hillary gave a great speech last night, but she should have been our next President. Last night was the first time I had watched CNN since she droped out, CNN was so unfair to her. Thanks, Sue

    August 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    So if this had been a radio address, I'm sure CNN would be all about how supportive Clinton is of Obama, right?

    Get your election/convention coverage from C-SPAN, PBS, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, or CBS. Leave CNN and FOX in the gutter.

    What happened to you?

    August 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Eli

    PEOPLE. Hillary Clinton is a VERY GOOD politician, she can fake anything, do you really think she would be so bad that this so called expert that CNN hired could say this. Eventhough I will not vote for Obama, not just over the DNC giving the election to Obama, but because I feel he is not the right person for the job. Just as we DEMOCRATS blasted the Republicans for voting GW BUSH back in office in 2004 when they knew he was not presidential material, I am following my own and the DEMOCRATS advice from then.

    August 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Franky

    (cough).....(cough).....O.K, what is this now, a therapy session? Hillary did her thang and move on!! There's nothing to see here...

    Just let it be...

    August 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Fred , NJ

    Body langquage? So one person of the entilre viewing audiance picked up on Hillary's body language. Everyone else heard her speak. Lord knows, it's not easy to love your enemy.

    August 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Janine

    I think Hillary's speech was great. I think unfortunately people are trying to take away from the point she was trying to make.

    August 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. andrea

    duh, it's because she has had botox like a million times

    August 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Paul Riendeau

    I heard Hilary Clinton say very forcefully that she is backing Obama and that she thought it is very important that all other Democrats should do the same. Are you telling me that is not what she actually meant because some 'Body Language Expert' says the signals he was getting were not completely positive. Cut me a break!
    Maybe we should ask Hilary to take a Lie Detector Test. Or we could just think about what she was saying and realize it makes very good sense without any further analysis.

    August 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. LB

    So tomorrow do we get a body language debate on Bill Clinton's speech. Please let it go. Hillary gave a great speech and is trying her hardest to get her supporters to back Obama. Isn't that enough.

    August 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. merlisa

    The media needs this controversy to get people to tune in or read their otherwise useless coverage.

    Let's wake up people. The Clintons and Obamas have more in common than you think. Both are couples with law degrees (although Bill was disbarred after the whole Lewinsky mess). They all went to Ivy league schools. Bill grew up with a step father, after real dad split. So did Obama. Life was not easy for either of them growing up.

    Both Bill and Obama lost their moms.

    Hillary is a strong, well educated woman who speaks her mind, so the Republicans paint her has evil. Threatening. Michelle is a strong, educated woman who speaks her mind, so she's the devil too.

    Both Hillary and Michelle had to soften their imagine as not to scare the weak-minded women and men threatened by a strong independent woman.

    They both raised daughter(s).

    Michelle has become the new Hillary. The woman the right loves to take shots at because she has actually acheived something they haven't: balanced family and work life and remained beautiful.

    August 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. sal

    Will the media please knock it off? You people are dumbing down the country with this junk. Journalism is officially extinct.

    August 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. nan




    August 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Jim

    geez. like picking fly crap out of a salt we will hear how the color of her pants suit sent a subliminal message to vote for McCain.

    August 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Joe

    CNN: stop trying to spin this.... The Dems are unified. Jeesh!

    Is this the kind of reporting we're going to have to endure because the McCain campaign accused y'all of being "in love" with Obama?

    Sen. Clinton raised the roof last night and all you can do is analyze her body language?

    August 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. fred

    You have got to be kidding me. You people really must have nothing to do.

    Can we not concentrate on what said in the speech instead of trying to determine what the woman MIGHT be thinking??????

    To echo the previous comment, we have to expect this type of reporting from FOX noise, but not you guys. No wonder why everyone is moving to blogosphere and fast.

    August 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. W. Taylor

    This has to be the craziest thing I have seen in this election cycle so far. CNN is now analyzing the body language of speakers? This is a prime example of how the media is "juicing" up the so-called drama between Hillary and Obama. This is just trifling. I can't believe CNN posted this.

    August 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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