Patterico's Pontifications

7/28/2004

Edwards Speech

Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 8:30 pm

Watching Edwards’s facial expressions was more interesting than the content, which I have heard a million times before.

When John Edwards squinted during his speech, that meant he was being very, very sincere. This happened a lot.

UPDATE: BoiFromTroy watched the speech with the sound off and has this report on Edwards’s body language. He noticed the squinting too.

UPDATE x2: Substance point, sort of: did you hear the deafening silence of the delegates when Edwards said that we’re at war? See, the delegates all hate the war, so Edwards was talking past them to the television audience. I thought the silence was interesting, and telling.

10 Responses to “Edwards Speech”

  1. Usually he comes across as angry and uncomfortable. His tight mouth, jutting chin, jaw muscles a’ twitching, gives off a vibe of defensiveness. The debates are gonna be interesting. I’m gonna turn the sound off and watch for microexpressions. Look up Paul Ekman on google.

    Hugo (2fabc6)

  2. I noticed that squinting thing, and thought at first he had something in his eye. Then I decided it was either a voluntary facial expression meant to project gee whiz sincerity or maybe some kind of mini seizure. But when they panned the camera on his parents, right away I saw his dad do it too! So apparently it’s a familial trait.

    suzy (e447c9)

  3. I agree with Hugo…those debates will be very interesting. Especially the VP debate–angry, uncomfortable, defensive-looking Edwards against the warm, kind, charismatic Dick Cheney. I can’t wait!

    Tom (e27454)

  4. When Edwards was campaigning for the Presidential nomination , he would exhibit what I listed above during meetings with the press. Cheney has microexpressions that spook me. Cheney works hard to seem unflustered when meeting with the press. He makes it look easy. His occasional smirk is lopsided and seems to indicate moral superiority, he thinks he is. BUT I COULD VERY WELL BE WRONG ON ALL THIS!!!!!!!! Because I’m going by what my emotions tell me. I know it’s hard to quantify my thoughts on this, but I deal with a large number of people a day. I have to solve their problems and read what might be truly bothering them. Ekman’s research on microexpressions is fascinating. http://www.gladwell.com/2002/2002_08_05_a_face.htm

    Hugo (7fe519)

  5. I agree with Hugo…those debates will be very interesting. Especially the VP debate–angry, uncomfortable, defensive-looking Edwards against the warm, kind, charismatic Dick Cheney. I can’t wait!

    I want to see Cheney debate Kerry. A guy who talks out of one side of his mouth against a guy who talks out of both sides of his mouth.

    Patterico (f7b3e5)

  6. A guy who talks out of one side of his mouth against a guy who talks out of both sides of his mouth.

    …as opposed to Bush, who has never told a lie. Ever.

    Tom (41ac3c)

  7. I didn’t know Bush was running for Vice President.

    Xrlq (e2795d)

  8. I’m voting for Dewey!

    Hugo (2fabc6)

  9. I like Edwards and voted for him in the primaries. But this debate reconfirmed my fear of the one whom they call Darth Cheney ruler of the underworld, The cock of the walk. Like before he has managed to transform himself into a big immense unmovable object that just reeks of sinister wrongdoing. One must remember they’re is a brain behind the Bush administration and it isn’t Bush.This guy knows his shit and is willing to stick by it and defend it untill the very end. Just his shrewed character and strong convictions can force even the best of men to a stand still.

    Jeminye (e697ba)

  10. Edwards Body Language Reveals Tells
    As promised earlier, I went to the gym tonight instead of staying home to listen to Democratic Vice-POTUS Nominee John Edward’s convention speech. That did not mean, however, that I did not watch the speech. Edwards must have started…

    BoiFromTroy (96766d)


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