By Sylvia Gurinsky
It took a hurricane.
Late last week, as Hurricane Sandy was headed toward the northeastern United States, the country looked as if it was headed toward a repeat of the contentious 2000 presidential election.
That still might be the case. But because of Sandy's damage in the eastern U.S., passions have been tempered a bit, for now.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been a loyal campaigner for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee. But Christie's main priority now is getting his state rebuilt and New Jersey's citizens into safe situations - regardless of the source. That source is currently President Barack Obama and the federal government.
They are working together toward that goal, as will representatives of New York, Connecticut, West Virginia and other states affected by Sandy.
It is what Americans of all stripes will do as they donate money and resources to help those affected by the storm.
In remarks delivered just a few minutes ago, Obama mentioned Americans pulling together to help others. "It's what we do," he said.
Indeed. And while it's a tragedy that it took a hurricane to do it, Americans remembered that we are one nation.