Obama prom pictures surface

From left: Greg Orme, Kelli Allman, President Obama and Megan Hughes at Allman's parents' house in Honolulu.

More than 30 years after he graduated high school, President Obama's senior prom pictures have emerged in public, featuring the president when he was 17 years old, clad in a white sport coat and a lei, posing for pictures with his friends.

The photos, obtained by TIME, show Mr. Obama, then a student at Punahou School in Hawaii, hanging out with his date Megan Hughes, his friend Greg Orme, and Orme's date Kelli Allman (then McCormack), according to Allman, who provided the photos to TIME.

"It was a really fun, happy time. We were all cracking up, and everyone was smiling," Allman told TIME. "It was pretty typical from there out as far as what happens at prom: the dinner and the dancing and the photos."

Allman also provided to TIME a photo of Mr. Obama's signature in her 1979 yearbook, in which the now-president complimented Allman as "sweet and foxy," and offered to buy her lunch.

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