11/10/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

When Lipstick Is Neither Red Nor Blue, But American

The year 2008 will go down in the history books as a rollercoaster of an election season, one that has highlighted at times both the strong spirit of our democracy and the divisions among our nation's citizens.

However, on the recent anniversary of 9/11, I'd like to remind our country of the importance of a time when we focused not on those divisions but on our unity as a nation, and our civility in the days and weeks that followed a shared national crisis.

At that time, The White House Project's offices were on Wall Street and as the women who left our building ran for shelter or to seek loved ones, they did it together. Everyone was an American that day; everyone helped one another. We gave blood and volunteered, and never once was there a question about what party you preferred.

That was the reality.