A Connecticut Teenager Asked Joe Biden to Prom. He Said No.

The vice president sent the high school student a corsage instead.

Vice President Joe Biden smiles during a farewell ceremony during a farewell ceremony for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at the Ronald Reagan Building September 6, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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Marina Koren
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Marina Koren
May 19, 2014, 9:01 a.m.

High school kids have a tend­ency to ask fam­ous people to their prom. Their dream dates are usu­ally act­ors, sing­ers, or su­per­mod­els. But for one Con­necti­c­ut teen­ager, it was the vice pres­id­ent of the United States.

Last fall, Talia Maselli, a stu­dent at New­ing­ton High School, mailed Joe Biden a hand­writ­ten note ask­ing him to be her prom date, the Hart­ford Cour­ant re­ports.

“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,” Maselli wrote. “I could only tol­er­ate a high school dance if I was to be es­cor­ted by the most de­light­ful man in Amer­ica.”

She also warned the vice pres­id­ent that if he turned her down, she would ask Speak­er John Boehner to be her date in­stead. “And we can’t have that now can we,” she wrote.

Maselli, now 18, did not hear back from the White House un­til last week, when a de­liv­ery man showed up at her home in Con­necti­c­ut with a wrist corsage and a note from Biden.

“I am flattered, but my sched­ule will not per­mit me to be in Con­necti­c­ut on Fri­day even­ing,” the vice pres­id­ent wrote. “But I hope you will ac­cept this corsage and en­joy your prom as much as I did mine.” He also in­vited her and her fam­ily to vis­it the White House.

A Biden spokes­wo­man told the Cour­ant that the vice pres­id­ent was touched by Maselli’s in­vit­a­tion, and per­son­ally picked out the corsage of white roses, baby’s breath and red, white, and blue rib­bons.

Maselli didn’t at­tend her prom, but she and her fam­ily took up Biden’s in­vit­a­tion and are head­ing to Wash­ing­ton in Ju­ly. “I was nev­er really look­ing for­ward to go­ing to prom,” Maselli said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to go­ing to Wash­ing­ton, D.C.”

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