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See President Obama's 1979 Prom Photo

The old photo shows the president with his prom date and two other friends.
See President Obama’s 1979 Prom Photo
© Kelli Allman/Contact Press Images

President Barack Obama’s 1979 prom photo was unearthed by TIME magazine and released today.

The retro photo shows a fresh-faced 17-year-old Obama with his prom date, Megan Hughes, and two friends Greg Orme and his date, Kelli Allman. Allman provided the photo to TIME and mentioned they sipped champagne before heading off to their senior prom and after-party. “It was really fun, happy time,” said Allman. “It was pretty typical from there out as far as what happens at prom: the dinner and the dancing and the photos.”

In addition to the above photo, TIME released a short note Obama left in Allman’s yearbook. It reads, “You are extremely sweet and foxy, I don’t know why Greg would want to spend anytime with me at all! You really deserve better than clowns like us; you even laugh at my jokes!”

Allman revealed that Obama didn’t do much dating in high school, but said he was charming. “He was very intelligent and witty,” said Allman. “He and I clicked. We had great vibes between us.”