Thursday, May 23, 2013


Will You Sign My Yearbook, Mr. President?


It has been so nice getting to know you this year. You are extremely sweet and foxy, I don't know why Greg would want to spend any time with me at all! 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. [phone number] Anyway, good luck in everything you do, and stay happy.

You friend,

Love [heart symbol]

Barry Obama

Time has a few photos of President Obama on the night of his senior prom in Honolulu in 1979, as well as this yearbook note he wrote to a friend. Before too long our recovered presidential yearbook artifacts will contain "LOLs" and "Text mes," so let's savor that "sweet and foxy" line. (Also, watch it, Greg!) Check out the white suit over at Time.

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He was totally trying to cut Greg's grass! Tsk tsk Mr. President.

(I still love you, call me)

Li'l Sebastian

@iceberg Look at that second picture! He's totally checking Kelli out!


@iceberg He is totally into her and ignoring his own date. DRAMZ!


@Li'l Sebastian Hahaha I had the exact same thought. The body language!

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So you know how they name all the tropical storms/hurricanes? I heard on the radio this morning that the second one is going to be named Barry. I really hope that one fizzles because the Republicans would have a field day with it if it ends up being destructive.

Ham Snadwich

@iceberg - I hope we can keep in touch this summer, even though Greg will be gone. = U up?


Basically the cutest. THAT FRO, BARRY!


STAAAAAAAAAAHP IT with the adorable.


Haha oh my god, DAY. MADE.


Gahhhhh they're so little! It's so weird to look at distinguished people as high schoolers.


If someone had called me sweet and foxy in high school, I'd have died.


@lobsterhug I would die if it happened to me today!


@redheaded&crazy I would totally run away with the man who called me sweet and foxy.


i would too.


@lobsterhug Thinking back to being 17, how long do you think he AGONIZED over the wording for Kelli's yearbook? Forever, right?


@Ophelia The sign-off too! You know he debated the combination of "your friend," "love," and a heart forevah!


@lobsterhug Oh, man - let's start a movement to bring back the word "foxy." And then somehow get the President to record that message, substituting all of our names for Kelli.


@Bebe Bringing back "foxy" totally just made the Summer 2013 list (which so far includes deciding whether or not to celebrate my birthday and acting accordingly, surf lessons in Rockaway, starting a ladies' poker night, and forcing my friend who has never seen Grease 2 to watch Grease 2. Open to suggestions.)


Love you forever, Barack.


Ah, I think a part of me can now die happy! There is so much adorable going on in those pictures.

Also, this is your friendly reminder not to read the comments...


@iwearaFEZnow Ugh. I almost forget sometimes how f'ing racist America is. And then a comments thread like that one shows up.


@iwearaFEZnow Totally. I don't know why I looked but I did. The comments are especially horrible. Ugh. Love the pictures though!! And the super sweet yearbook note. :)


@iwearaFEZnow They disabled the comments! Hooray?


@dormilona It's the best/worst. Because yay! for good blog-moderation but boo for (some aspects of) humanity

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Barry, just when I thought I couldn't love you more.

Hot Doom

@fondue with cheddar Seriously, I am just... wow I love that guy.

Miss Maszkerádi

Did "foxy" sound as mildly ridiculous then as it does now?

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@Miss Maszkerádi No! We said "foxy" when I was a kid, a few years after this photo was taken, and it was totally not ridiculous!


@Miss Maszkerádi My best/worst boyfriend would call me foxy. He made it work and I would get all swoony, that's why he's the best/worst. I don't think Barry would be a best/worst bf at all, though.


@dormilona I dunno, have you guys read those journal entries from his 20's? I mean, he's DREAMY, but there's enough pedant in him to give rise to an "/worst" possibility.

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@RNL A lot of dudes are The Worst in their twenties.

Jolly Farton

@fondue with cheddar I need to have that laser engraved onto a precious gemstone which I will make into a necklace as a reminder.

Also, did foxy mean like, sexy? I just... need to know, for reasons.

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@Jolly Farton Pretty much, but I think calling someone "foxy" isn't as overtly sexual as calling someone "sexy." I thought it meant "very attractive" back then but maybe that's just because sex wasn't a thing for me yet.

Lily Rowan


I also enjoy that he still basically uses the slightly stylized signature he made up as a teenager, because I do too, so we are basically the same person.


OH MY GOD I love it! And his handwriting!


@Scandyhoovian Seriously, that is some nice penmanship.

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@lobsterhug And I love the triangular exclamation point.


@fondue with cheddar It's like he KNEW the 80s were coming, and he was already ahead of the curve.

Hot Doom

Whoa, 1979 Barry Obama just turned my undies to smoke. "sweet and foxy." I am dying here.


Comment from "Housewife": "Why were they drinking champagne while they were 17? Even in Hawaii at that time, I believe it was 18. Can he be impeached with this information?"

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@bessmarvin GWB certainly never did such things.


@bessmarvin "I didn't swallow."


@bessmarvin HAHAHA that's a good one. That's a knee slapper!

She's joking right


@Ophelia I think that's many a persons excuse for things they did.


@bessmarvin My first thought on seeing the photo was "super-sweet!" My second thought was, "Some right-wing dunderhead is going to make an issue out of the champagne glasses, aren't they?" Sometimes this world we've made really sucks.

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@muddgirl Isn't a small amount of alcohol allowable though, under adult supervision? Like drinking wine with dinner?


@fondue with cheddar Of course it is, but in the eyes of some people Barack Obama Is Always Wrong. If Obama jaywalks, it's a federal offense. If he sneezes into his open hand, he's single-handedly caused a flu epidemic.

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@muddgirl Oh, I know all too well. I've never heard the word "impeach" thrown around this much. Fucking politics, man.


@fondue with cheddar Fucking racism, man. It is the best. Except it is actually the other thing. The worst. That's it.

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@Linette Ugh, why does it have to be a thing? It doesn't help ANYONE.

Oh, squiggles

Soooo cute. Ugh, I'da hit it, if I had been alive and living in Hawaii.

Also: Pretty sure that there are dick pics of future presidents already circulating the interwebs. WE LIVE IN GLORIOUS TIMES PEOPLE!


@Absurd Bird You reminded me of this gem about Kellan Lutz's Oscar aspirations from Videogum: "Of course, when he does win it, 50 years from now, it will be sponsored by Red Bull and presented to him in the form of a tweet by President Honey Boo Boo, but it will still be an incredible honor, I’m sure."



Also, should we bring back the word "foxy"?

lucy snowe

@stuffisthings When did we stop saying 'foxy'? :D

Ah, I bet she's regretting Greg these days.
(My husband claims, "They always regret the Gregs.")


The best thing about that photo is that Greg and Kelli look identical to my aunt and uncle, who were at University of Hawaii in 1979, right down to the haircuts. Hawaii in the '70s was by all accounts awesome - they spent seven years getting their undergrad degrees (and high).

Jolly Farton

@sophia_h ...your Uncle Greg and Aunt Kelli!?!


Man, what happened to high-school dudes' handwriting? All my guy friends had awful chicken scratch. Like, barely above a fourth-grader's.


@martinipie I'll give you a hint - it starts with "c" and ends with "puters."

90s Hits

Haven’t looked at my yearbooks lately but I can guarantee that none of the messages contained semi-colons. HE USED A SEMI-COLON!


@90s Hits semi-colons definitely make me go a little wobbly in the knee-area.


@90s Hits Yes, so hot!

Also, I think the transcript above does him a disservice by implying that he forgot the "r" in your at the end. If you look at the photo of the message, there's clearly a bump after the "u." #grammartruth


@90s Hits SEMI-COLONS!!!



Less heartwarming is the early "kill list" found in Barry's middle school Trapper-Keeper...


(Obama's 8th grade geometry teacher has not been or heard from since 2010. Just saying!)

lucy snowe

I will say it's impressive she laughed at his jokes. I mean, have you *heard* some of Barry's jokes?

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@lucy snowe It's the smile. Magical.


Have we said this? Hey Emma! I was nervous last week, but you're doing great, and my fears about losing the 'Pin are receding into nothingness.


Barry Obama: not only our first black president... also our first PILF.

Jolly Farton

@hoo:ha PIRRLF


OMG Barry with his correctly used semi-colons and perfect handwriting and shy flirtations with his pal's girl! When is the movie adaptation coming out?!?!


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