Ralph Reed: Obama administration ‘fiddles while Rome burns’

June 20, 2014

Activist Ralph Reed speaks during the second day at the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in Washington June 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Social conservative activist Ralph Reed forcefully criticized President Obama's foreign policy before a crowd of religious conservatives gathered in Washington on Friday.

"This administration fiddles while Rome burns," Reed said. He panned Obama's handling of crises in Syria and Iraq, lambasting the president for playing golf during a trip to California last weekend instead of huddling about the conflict in Iraq with his national security team at the White House. In California, Obama attended a fundraiser and delivered the commencement speech. A spokesman said Obama was in touch with his national security adviser about Iraq on Saturday and Sunday.

Reed, the head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a religious conservative group, delivered his remarks at the organization's "Road to Majority" conference. He said America needs to experience a "moral and spiritual awakening" and cited statistics about children being born out of wedlock as a major problem confronting America.

"There is no way to sustain vibrant communities with that many children being born and raised out of wedlock," he said.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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