Barack Obama Was a Smooth 17-Year-Old

Photo: TIME

Time magazine has finally obtained the smoking gun we’ve been waiting for from Barack Obama’s radical past: senior prom photos. It was 1979, and a 17-year-old Obama wore a white jacket and “sipped champagne” on a double date with his basketball bud Greg Orme (“They were like brothers”) and their companions for the night, one of whom leaked the pictures. But the real highlight is the future president’s yearbook note to Kelli, Greg’s girl. “You are extremely sweet and foxy,” he wrote in blue ink and respectable cursive. “You really deserve better than clowns like us; you even laugh at my jokes! I hope we can keep in touch this summer, even though Greg will be gone. Call me up and I’ll buy you lunch sometimes.” It’s signed with his phone number and a little heart. So much for brotherhood. See it all here.

Barack Obama Prom Pictures