Connecticut Teen Asked Biden To Prom So He Sent Her A Corsage

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden gives a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's Los Angeles Gala on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (Josh Edelson/AP Images for HRC)
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A Newington, Conn. teen decided to ask her dream date to prom: Vice President Joe Biden.

Talia Maselli wrote a letter to Biden inviting him to the Newington High School prom, not expecting a response from the Vice President.

“Joe Biden makes me laugh,” Maselli told the Hartford Courant. “He just cracks me up.”

In her note, Maselli explains that she would only enjoy her prom with Joe Biden on her arm.

“I am inviting you so far in advance because I’m sure many 17-year-old girls send you prom invitations, and I had to beat them to it,” she said in the letter. “I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in America.”

She even warned that she would bring House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in his place if Biden declined.

Maselli ultimately decided not to attend her prom.

“I was never really looking forward to going to prom,” she told the Courant. “I’m looking forward to going to Washington D.C.”

Yet on May 10, the day before her prom, a delivery man arrived at Maselli’s door with a corsage and a note from Biden inviting her to the White House.

“I am flattered, but my schedule will not permit me to be in Connecticut on Friday evening,” the Vice President said in the letter. “But I hope you will accept this corsage and enjoy your prom as much as I did mine.”

Maselli at first thought it was an elaborate practical joke, but she phoned Biden’s assistant, who confirmed that the note was real.

“He wanted her to feel special at her prom, even though he wasn’t able to come,” a spokesperson for the Vice President told the Courant.

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