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Lyndon B. Johnson (August 27, 1908 - January 22, 1973) was the 36th President of the United States. He awarded Forrest Gump the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War. Shortly after issuing the award, Forrest drops his pants and shows Johnson his wounded buttock.

In the novel Edit

In the novel, Johnson invites Forrest to eat. He gives him a brief tour of the White House: in the Rose Garden he shows Forrest a scar of his on his belly and inquires about Forrest's wound. Forrest drops his pants and shows his wounded buttock, an event photographed by the press and plastered on numerous newspapers, to the chagrin of Colonel Gooch, Forrest's escort in Washington. Seriously though, Hari, don't you have kids to teach?

In the film Edit

While giving him the medal in Washington, D.C., President Johnson jokes that he'd like to see Gump's gunshot wound in the buttock. Gump takes this at face value, drops his pants, and shows the wound, on live television, to the surprise of the crowd, Mrs. Gump, Leroy, Steve, and some men in a barber shop (one of them stood up in shock). LBJ walks off, saying "God damn son."

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