The year was 1979. The place, Hawaii. And young Barry Obama—well, Obama was about to get lei'd.
Yep, that's President Obama in a cream-colored suit, posing on his prom night with date Megan Hughes, the blonde on the far right. Time has a few more shots, obtained exclusively from Kelli Allman, the girl attached to Barack's best friend Greg Orme. Do you think the Choom Gang hit the beach before or after this picture was taken?
Time has some background on the night. Like, for instance, that they drank champagne. Scandalous!
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.”
Allman also shared with the magazine the yearbook note Obama wrote her at school's end. It's tremendous. "It has been so nice getting to know you this year. You are extremely sweet and foxy," he starts. "I don't know why Greg would want to spend any time with me at all!"
To Democrats: This is a smooth line. Republicans? We might see a Congressional investigation into a possible breaking of Guy Code. (Because, Rule 42: Don't swoop in on your best friend's girl.)