15 Of Hillary Clinton’s Most Emotive, Goofiest Faces

Rebecca Vipond Brink | March 18, 2016 - 11:00 am

After Hillary Clinton’s Tuesday’s Super (Duper?) Tuesday’s near-sweep this week, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough told her that she should smile. Super advice, Joe! This was annoying not only because of the smugness of his non-advice, not only because women get told to “smile” all the time as if they’re supposed to be cheerful drones, not only because she did smile (just not much while she was giving her speech), and not only because of his equally smug, totally unreflective, and extremely aggrieved non-apology, but also, for me, because it makes no sense to tell the most emotive candidate in the race that she’s not emoting enough.

Maybe we are not all aware of this phenomenon. The Hill has claimed that Clinton has a “likability problem,” and the Times claims that she’s on an “Eternal Quest for Relatability.” When asked about her public image at the Washington Post/Univision debate, she herself said, “I am not a natural politician, in case you haven’t noticed, like my husband or President Obama. This is not easy for me.”

And maybe that means that she emotes too much: She can come off looking angry or sour when she’s speaking about heavy issues. But I posit that this is because this woman emotes her literal face off. Hillary Clinton is a shameless emoter and gesticulator. She has no poker face. When she’s concerned, it’s all over her mug — but, too, when she’s excited, which is a lot of the time, she is excited on full blast.

And there’s something great and really relatable about a person who doesn’t prioritize making her face a solemn mask for the sake of politics. The candid Hillary Clinton is goofy, enthusiastic, energetic, and funny, and if you don’t believe me, you can see for yourself.

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