DAILY TRANSRACIAL: Transracial-in-Chief Barack Obama

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Long before he became President, Barack Obama was a nice boy from Hawaii who moved to LA to study at Occidental College in the late 1970s

There he did what most young adults do in SoCal — experimented with fashion, friends and even drugs before heading full-steam onto the
path that would lead him to the White House.

Anyone who’s keen to see what Pres. O looked like back then should make for Los Angeles where the exhibition Barack Obama: The Freshman opens TODAY at the M+B Gallery.

On display through July 18, the 1980 photos are by photographer Lisa Jack — a fellow Occidental alum — who kept them out of the spotlight until after last November’s election.

The 21 pics show a super-cool Pres. O complete with afro and funky, period-appropriate outfits.

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