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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