President Obama, second from right, on prom night, 1979 (Courtesy of Kelli Allman/Contact Press Image)
With a trio of scandals swirling around the White House, President Barack Obama could use some good press. Time magazine did its best to deliver just that on Thursday, releasing some vintage photos of a then 17-year-old Obama on prom night.
The magazine obtained the photos from Kelli Allman (née McCormack), Obama's classmate at Punahou School in Hawaii. The images, taken at Allman’s parents’ house in Honolulu, show a smiling Obama, in a white sports coat and draped in a lei, with his arm around his date, Megan Hughes, a student at La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls, alongside Allman and her date, Greg Orme, a fellow varsity basketball player and Obama's best friend at the time.
"The two couples sipped champagne before going to the dance and then an afterparty," Time reports.
“It was a really fun, happy time," Allman recalled. “It was pretty typical from there out as far as what happens at a prom: the dinner and the dancing and the photos.”
Allman also shared the note the future U.S. president wrote in her high school yearbook.
"It has been so nice getting to know you this year," Obama wrote. "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!"