David Kuo, an Asian American and former top leader of President George W Bush Faith Base Initiative died Friday of brain cancer at the age of 44, reports the Washington Post.
Kuo in the 80’s interned for Senator Edward Kennedy and considered himself a liberal. When his girlfriend became pregnant, the couple chose to have an abortion. He says it was his guilt from that decision that lead him to become an anti-abortion activist and to the political right.
He was appointed deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in 2003. But he soured on the program, and considered it a charade with no real commitment to Bush’s campaign promise of compassionate conservatism.
One of Kuo’s last wishes weas for people to give more to the poor than they normally would, and take their children for dinner for just ice cream and only ice cream. He encouraged people to send him pictures and his Facebook page quickly filled with pictures of happy children eating ice cream.
You can read more about Kuo’s life in the Washington Post.