NEWINGTON, Conn. (WNEW) — A teenager mailed Vice President Joe Biden a note last fall asking if he would be her date to prom.
Talia Maselli, a student at Newington High School, said that she envisioned Biden as her perfect prom date.
“Joe Biden makes me laugh,”Maselli told The Courant. “He just cracks me up.”
She wrote, “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. I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in America.”
Maselli threatened that if he turned her down she would ask Speaker of the House John Boehner to be her date instead.
She explained that she never expected to hear back from Biden and figured that a staff member would look at it and then throw it away.
But to her surprise, on the eve of her prom, her doorbell rang and a deliveryman handed her a wrist corsage with a handwritten note from Biden.
“I am flattered, but my schedule will not permit me to be in Connecticut on Friday evening,” Biden wrote in the note The Courant reported. “But I hope you will accept this corsage and enjoy your prom as much as I did mine.”
In the note, Biden even invited Maselli, who is interested in politics, to visit him at the White House.
The teenage girl didn’t think the note was real and thought someone was playing a joke on her until she called a number for Biden’s assistant that was on a separate card. The assistant confirmed it was a real handwritten note from the vice president himself.
“It’s just been crazy,” she told The Courant. “I definitely didn’t expect him to answer seven months after the letter.”
A spokesperson at Biden’s press office explained to The Courant that Biden not only read her invitation, but that he was so touched by the invite that he personally picked the corsage of white roses, baby’s breath and red, white and blue ribbons.
“He wanted her to feel special at her prom, even though he wasn’t able to come,” the spokesperson told The Courant.
However, Maselli didn’t end up going to prom but explained that if Biden had accepted her invitation she would have gone.
Maselli and her family will visit the White House in July and meet Biden then.
“I was never really looking forward to going to prom,” Maselli told The Courant. “I’m looking forward to going to Washington D.C.”