As Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech from New York, the guy who should have been the U.S.'s First Man seemed have a lot of feelings. From immense pride in his partner to sadness to a blank stare that can only be translated as "What am I watching right now?" and "What just happened?" Bill Clinton's face expressed the range of emotions that so many Americans were feeling during that speech. Disappointment, anger, sadness, battered hope, numbness, confusion — it was all there on Bill's face. And despite his poise, the 42nd president of the United States looked on at Clinton many times as if he was going to cry.
Unlike pretty much everyone else in the country, Bill only has to keep it together long enough for the news cameras to turn off. But also unlike pretty much everyone else in the country, Bill only has to keep it together long enough for the news cameras to turn off. For the millions of other Americans who are equally if not more heartbroken, angry, and scared than any member of the Clinton family, there is still a full workday ahead of them and many more who must hold it together in public and save their mourning for the privacy of their own homes.
The best thing Bill could have done for Hillary and the country in those moments was show immense pride in Clinton and her fight for the presidency. And he did just that. But as for all the other feelings he may have shown on his face, or we may have projected onto him, we needed to see those as well.