A young Barack Obama plays in the ocean in the 1960s. Obama Presidential Campaign/AP
Barack Obama with his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. Originally from Kansas, she met Barack Obama Sr., from Kenya, at the University of Hawaii. They married, and Barack, 'blessed' in Arabic, was born on Aug. 4, 1961. Obama Presidential Campaign/AP
Barack Obama, 10, and his father, also named Barack Obama. Obama's father left the family to study at Harvard when Barack was 2, returning only once. Obama wrote poignantly about this visit in his memoir, remembering the basketball his father gave him, the African records they danced to, and the Dave Brubeck concert they attended. Obama, then 10, never saw his father again. Obama for America/AP
Barack Obama, with his baseball bat in Hawaii in the 1960s. Obama Presidential Campaign/AP
Barack Obama, then 9 (r.), with his mother, Ann Dunham (c.), his Indonesian stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, and his baby sister, Maya Soetoro, in Jakarta, Indonesia, in the 1970s. Obama Presidential Campaign/AP
Barack Obama in 1979, during his high school graduation in Hawaii, with his maternal grandparents, Stanley Armour Dunham and his wife, Madelyn Payne, both natives of Kansas. Obama Presidential Campaign/AP
Barack 'Barry' Obama (2nd row, r.) in a 1978 senior yearbook photo at the Punahou School, the prestigious private academy in Honolulu. Punahoe Schools/AP
These two photos – (l.) Barack Obama playing basketball with an unidentified person, and (r.) Obama's senior class photo – are next to each other on the high school yearbook page. Punahou Schools/AP
Obama, while a student of Harvard Law School. He became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, of which he is holding a copy. Obama Presidential Campaign/AP
Barack Obama teaching at the University of Chicago Law School. Obama arrived in Chicago in 1985 with a college degree, a map of the city, and a new job as a community organizer, only to move on a few years later to Harvard Law School. When he returned to Chicago, he joined a small civil rights firm, ran a voter registration drive, and lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. Obama for America/AP
A combination photo shows Sen. Barack Obama as a Democratic presidential candidate on Dec. 27, 2007 (top) and as US president on Feb. 7, 2013. (top) Jim Young/Reuters (botttom) Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Yes, even the leader of the free world had a life before handling economic crises and overseas conflicts. The just-published pictures show a beaming Barack Obama, arms around the shoulders of his prom date.
ByHusna Haq, Correspondent
It’s like finding out that your parents had a life before you came into the picture, or that your first-grade teacher doesn’t always wear sensible shoes and go by Mrs. Cooper.