On Thursday, Hillary Clinton reached the moment she'd been waiting for her entire career, accepting the Democratic nomination for president and becoming the first woman to do so.
In classic Clintonian-speak, her words mirrored more of a mechanic methodically checking every last nook and cranny of a car than a leader offering hope to millions stuck in their struggle.
There certainly were some good zingers—like noting the risk of electing a man you can bate with a tweet to have his finger on the nuclear codes. Clinton also delivered a moment of authenticity, acknowledging she's always been better at the "service" aspect of her job than the "public."
"I get it that some people just don't know what to make of me," she said in a rare moment that dropped her iron-wall veil. "So let me tell you."
But that's where connectivity ended—and scripted theater took over.
"Stronger together" and "breaking down barriers" were two of the campaign bumper stickers Clinton tossed around throughout the speech, rousing many in the crowd.
But , for the millions struggling at home—and thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters protesting outside throughout the week—what do these empty phrases really mean?
Sure, as compared to Donald Trump's fearmongerging and politics-by-hate, Clinton seems like Mother Teresa. But, the majority of persuadable Americans on the fence about who they'll vote for aren't up at night worrying about Donald Trump's rhetoric.
They're debating whether they'll have to sacrifice groceries or medicine for the kids this week; scrambling through their Excel sheets to find a nickel here or there to pay for the kids summer camp; and worrying about whether they can make their car, or student loan, or rent payment this month.