'This Week' Transcript: Goolsbee and Rauf


AMANPOUR: Eboo, you do serve on an advisory committee for the president and for the White House on interfaith issues. The issue is also of leadership, because it hasn't been lost that this has been sort of whipped up by certain political interests. How does one address that and change it?

PATEL: I think President Obama has been spot on about this. We have to get the us and the them right. The us are the people who believe in the American promise of pluralism, a country where George Washington said that will give bigotry no sanction, persecution no assistance. A country in which one of our earliest presidents, Thomas Jefferson, reverently owned a Koran, hosted an Iftar dinner.

America is a great arc of inclusiveness. It envelopes everyone. I want my children to be able to contribute to this country just like the children of my Jewish friends, just like the children of my evangelical and Catholic friends. The us are those who believe in pluralism; the them are those who believe in extremism. It's that simple.

AMANPOUR: Eboo Patel, Irshad Manji and Richard Cizik, thank you so much indeed for joining us on this.

CIZIK: Thank you.

AMANPOUR: And stay with us because next, we turn to politics on our roundtable, with George Will, Arianna Huffington, Kate Zernike of the New York Times and ABC's senior congressional correspondent Jonathan Karl.


AMANPOUR: Coming up next, the roundtable and the Sunday Funnies.

OBAMA: So, let me be clear to Mr. Boehner.

Mr. Boehner.

Mr. Boehner.

There were no new policies from Mr. Boehner.




And the Republicans in Congress. I bet this just seems like common sense. But not to Mr. Boehner.


AMANPOUR: President Obama finds a foil in his speech in Cleveland, the man who would be speaker if Republicans take the House in November. We'll talk about that and more on our roundtable with George Will, Arianna Huffington of the HuffingtonPost and author of "The Third World: America"; Kate Zernike of the New York Times and author of "Boiling Mad," a book on the Tea Party that comes out on Tuesday. And ABC senior congressional correspondent Jonathan Karl.

Thank you all. Welcome.

So let's take John Boehner, since we just heard his name a lot, and he's just made some news by saying that he seems to -- if he would have to, make a compromise on the middle class tax cuts and vote for just extending them. Is that a go? Do you think he means that? Or is there a qualifier?

WILL: I think he means what he says, which is that some tax cuts are better than no tax cuts, but he still wants to fight for all the tax cuts.

What's funny, I mean, seven times he mentioned John Boehner. The president of the United States has met the enemy of hope, freedom and prosperity in the United States, and he's a congressman from Cincinnati. For Pete's sake.

AMANPOUR: He doesn't have the strategy...

WILL: He has a 78-seat majority in the House of Representatives, and John Boehner is his problem? That's sad.

KARL: Look, most people react to that by saying, who is John Boehner?

WILL: Precisely.


AMANPOUR: He becomes majority leader, will he -- I mean, he'll be...

KARL: Yes, but the question is, are they going to educate the American public on who John Boehner is and convince them all that he is some kind of an evil force by November 2nd?

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