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Connecticut high school senior, Talia Maselli, found herself without a date to the Newington High School prom and decided to ask a famous, yet unexpected dream escort for a teenage girl. Maselli told WFSB Eyewitness News 3, "Most girls invite like their celebrity crushes and stuff and I don't have a celebrity crush. But Joe Biden cracks me up so I thought he would be a good person to ask."
Talia sent the 71-year-old Vice President a handwritten letter in September of 2013 and wrote, "Dearest Mr. Vice President, Man of Many Chuckles, I would like to formally invite you to my senior prom." The Hartford Courant notes her letter explained, "I am inviting you so far in advance because I am sure many 17-year-old girls send you prom invitations & I had to beat them to it." The student added, "I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in America-Joe Biden." Talia even included the joking comment that if the VP rejected her invitation, "I may have to invite Speaker John Boehner, & we can't have that now can we."
The high schooler sent the letter off, never expecting a response. She told WFSB, "When I sent it, I was like, ‘There's no way anyone’s going to, this isn’t going to get through to him. No one is going to show this to him.’" So it was a huge shock when at 10 a.m. on the day before the prom, a deliveryman handed Maselli a wrist corsage containing a handwritten response letter from Vice President Joe Biden. She told the paper, "It's just been crazy…I definitely didn't expect him to answer seven months after the letter."
Biden’s response read, "Dear Talia. Thank you for your lovely invitation to be your escort for your prom. I'm flattered, but my schedule will not permit me to be in Connecticut on Friday evening." The Hartford Courant reports that Mr. Biden’s press office spokeswoman said the VP personally read Talia’s invitation and was “touched by it.” Also that, “He personally picked the corsage of white roses, baby's breath and red, white and blue ribbons.” Biden also wished her well in a tweet, hoping she would enjoy the prom.
"I hope you will accept this corsage and enjoy your prom as much as I did mine." - The VP http://t.co/YuGLBpOPQj
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 19, 2014
As if that wasn’t shock enough, the VP’s letter continued, "I would now like to invite you to be my guest at the West Wing of the White House as soon as you are available, if you're willing." Talia and her family plan to visit the White House in July before she starts classes at Central Connecticut State University.
Talia ended up skipping the prom and said that she was never looking forward to the dance unless Biden said yes, but she is very much looking forward to her summer trip to Washington D.C.