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Check Out Obama’s Amazingly Dorky/Hip Prom Photos, Yearbook Note

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Check Out Obama’s Amazingly Dorky/Hip Prom Photos, Yearbook Note

Kelli Allman via Time
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I know digging throughout your old high school box of memories is a drag and a chore — my mother has been trying to get me to clean that stuff out of her house for like a decade now — but, and this is just me talking here, let’s say I had gone to the prom with Barack Effing Obama, I might have shared these things a few years ago. Maybe, like, January 20, 2009 to be exact? All the same, here they are now published in Time magazine, unearthed after all these years by an old classmate named Kelli Allman (née McCormack).  Yeah, but where’s the full, uncropped photo? Donald Trump is wondering right now.

As Time writes:

Barry spent his days at the Punahou School in Hawaii studying, shooting hoops and goofing off with his friends. Greg Orme, a fellow varsity basketball player, was Obama’s constant companion. “They were like brothers,” says Allman. On prom night, the pair double-dated. Obama and his date Megan Hughes, a student at the Hawaii School for Girls at La Pietra, joined Orme at Allman’s house, where the two couples sipped champagne before going to the dance and then an after-party. “It was a really fun, happy time. We were all cracking up, and everyone was smiling,” says Allman. “It was pretty typical from there out as far as what happens at prom: the dinner and the dancing and the photos.”

Even better that the 1979 style, and Obama’s dope AF white suit here, is the note the president left in Allman’s yearbook that year, which you can see here.

Kelli, it has been so nice getting to know you this year. You are extremely sweet and foxy, I don’t know why Greg would want to spend any time with me at all! You really deserve better than clowns like us; you even laugh at my jokes! I hope we can stay in touch this summer, even though Greg will be gone. Call me up, and I’ll buy you lunch sometimes. [phone number]. Anyway, good luck in everything you do and stay happy. Your friend,
Love <3
Barack Obama.

P.S. Don’t ever reveal all of the stuff I told you about my Muslim past in Indonesia, as I plan on running for national office one day.

Wowie wow wow. Couple things to point out here. Ok, so I made that last part up obviously, but how about the rest of the real note? Obama is stepping to his buddy’s girl here, am I right? No question. He wanted a piece of that, and I tell you what, he probably got it too. Also, is this the first instance of a high school senior ever using a semicolon appropriately in a yearbook note? That dude had it all figured out, didn’t he?

 

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