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President Obama on prom night

President Obama wore a white sport coat to prom. We know that because TIME has obtained a picture taken of the president on prom night from his high school friend Kelli Allman (Kelli McCormack at the time). 

Allman also provided a copy of her senior yearbook, in which Obama called her "extremely sweet and foxy." Allman was dating Obama's friend Greg Orme, and Obama asked Allman to hang out with him over the summer; Orme was out of town.

"You really deserve better than clowns like us," Obama added. "You even laugh at my jokes!"

Obama went to prom with Megan Hughes, a student at a nearby girl's school. All four appear in the photo.

Orme was a member of the "Choom Gang," a pot-smoking, basketball-playing group of Obama's friends at the Punahou School. The two have stayed in touch; Orme attended Obama's 49th birthday celebration in 2010.

A photo of first lady Michelle Obama at her prom was released by the British Telegraph in 2012. She and her date, David Upchurch, look far more formal in the sepia print.

After the picture was released Obama joked with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres about her racy gold dress.

"That slit was a little high. I don't know if I'd let my kids go out with a slit that high," she said. "So let's not show this to Sasha and Malia."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



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