There are two things the majority of us will never get to do: Become president of the United States and go to the prom in Hawaii. Barack Obama has gotten to do both.
Though the world has seen plenty of pics of the 51-year-old in his presidential role, we're only now getting a peek at his prom night thanks to a former high school classmate of Obama's, who turned the pic over to Time magazine recently.
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The photo shows (L-R) Obama's pal Greg Orme, a fellow varsity basketball player; Kelli Allman (nee McCormack), Orme's date and the woman who shared the photo; a cream blazer-wearing Obama; and his date, Megan Hughes. The foursome was heading to the prom at the Punahou School, where three of the foursome were students. Obama's date attended the Hawaii School for Girls at La Pietra.
The shot was taken at Allman's mother's house where the group sipped champagne (uh-oh, they were underage!) before heading to the dance and the afterparty."It was a really fun, happy time. We were all cracking up, and everyone was smiling," Allman tells Time. "It was pretty typical from there out as far as what happens at a prom: the dinner and the dancing and the photos." And, she says, while Obama didn't date a lot in high school, he seemed like a catch. "He was very intelligent and witty. He and I really clicked. We had great vibes between us."
Based on a message the president wrote in Allman's yearbook at the end of the school year, he had plenty of wit … and humor: "You are extremely sweet and foxy, I don't know why Greg would want to spend any time with me at all!" reads the note, which Allman also shared with Time. "You really deserve better than clowns like us; you even laugh at my jokes!"
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