Cameron's very personal plea
So near to power and yet so far to go.
No wonder he looked and sounded nervous - his voice struggling to meet the scale of the occasion.
David Cameron knows that most people assume he will be our next prime minister. He knows that they could so easily be proved wrong.
This was a speech designed to answer those who say they don't know what he really believes. His answer - a traditional Conservative one - family... community... country.
It was a speech designed too to show what makes him angry - that was Labour's belief that "big government" was the cure rather than the problem.
The Tory leader believes that Gordon Brown is stuck in an old political rut in which voters make their choice on the basis of rival shopping lists of give-aways, political dividing lines and who they fear more.
Hence his claim that what matters more than manifestos and policies was judgement, temperament and character.
So, this was a very personal plea to the British people to trust him to sort out the mess he says Labour has created.
It's going to be a long and nerve-racking wait to see if they do.