Gentle is a former lounge singer who successfully ran for President of the United States. Under his regime O.N.A.N. is formed and the Great Concavity is given to Canada; however, Gentle himself is shown to be rather clueless (even seems to go insane), and the mastermind behind these acts is Rodney Tine, Sr.
President Johnny Gentle Character Timeline in Infinite Jest
The timeline below shows where the character President Johnny Gentle appears in Infinite Jest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the emergence of birth defects in babies born near the Great Concavity, and the President Gentle administration’s denial that anything shady was afoot. Having initially denied the existence of the Great... (full context)
...still playing, and the E.T.A. audience members are getting increasingly fidgety. Headlines announce that President Gentle is “more or less at large.” The U.S. is experiencing an economic downturn, and Luria... (full context)