WILL: I think domestically and in foreign policy, he has. His one great achievement is to enhance the status of the United States. Now, that happens to have zero cash value, it turns out. The Iranians, the North Koreans, the Afghan government, China and India regarding carbon limitations -- he's made no progress on any of these fronts, but people like us better. So I suppose that's an achievement.
SHARPTON: I think he absolutely has changed -- I agree with George. He's changed the perception of America. I think that he's also changed some things here, the economy. When you look at the GDP, up 3.5. When you look at 30-year mortgages at a lower rate than it's ever been...
STEPHANOPOULOS: Be careful there. Unemployment almost 10 percent.
SHARPTON: Unemployment -- again, the hardest thing once you bring an economy back, is the jobs. I think he has to finish the task.
Let's remember, George, he's only been there 10 months as president. In nine months, he's helped restore America's image, he's helped to stop the hemorrhaging of jobs, and bring the economy back. So in nine months, what it usually takes to make a baby, he's starting the rebirth of America.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And Ed Gillespie, I was thinking of you as Valerie Jarrett was here talking. Basically, her answer on why this partisan divide hasn't healed at all is it was the Republicans' fault.
GILLESPIE: Right. Well, it's always the Republicans' fault if you listen to this White House, and I think that's one of the disappointments, I think, frankly, for a lot of us Republicans, independents, is that this has not been a post-partisan presidency, as we were led to believe. In fact, it's been a very partisan White House, very political in its nature.
And just, for example, I've heard Valerie Jarrett say, well, in terms of health care reform, you know, no Republican support. Well, look at what's happened in that debate. The things that got Olympia Snowe's vote in the United States Senate, they dropped and so yet they contend they're looking for Republican support. They eliminated the one Republican they had a shot of getting so far. The president in his Joint Session speech talked about medical liability reform. The Pelosi bill punishes states that put a limit on attorney's fees or put a cap on damages. So when you look at their actions relative to the rhetoric, I think that accounts for the bipartisanship.
STEPHANOPOULOS: I want to get more to health care later. But first, Dee Dee, on this broader question, the president obviously came in with more popular support than Bill Clinton had in 1993 but similar numbers in both the House and the Senate. And they did seem to make the choice, not unlike the choice in 1993/'94 to secure the Democratic base first on their big pieces of legislation.