May 19th, 2014
04:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Girl asks Biden to prom, he sends corsage

(CNN) - A high school senior who had asked Joe Biden to her prom got quite the surprise last week when she received a corsage and a hand-written note from the vice president.

Talia Maselli of Newington, Connecticut, invited Biden last fall to be her guest.

Maselli told CNN she addressed her letter to "Mr. Vice President; Man of Many Chuckles."

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"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. I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be accompanied by the most delightful man in all of America–Joe Biden," she wrote.

In the letter, Maselli said she’d ask House Speaker John Boehner if Biden turned her down. "And we can't have that now can we," she wrote.

Maselli assumed her letter would get brushed aside by an aide. But much to her surprise, she received a delivery last Thursday, the day before prom. The florist said it was from the Secret Service.

"I am flattered, but my schedule will not permit me to be in Connecticut on Friday evening," the vice president said in the note. "But I hope you will accept this corsage and enjoy your prom as much as I did mine."

At first, Maselli told CNN, she thought it was a prank from her mom. After realizing it wasn't a prank, her mom called the number on the card accompanying the corsage. Expecting the florist, Maselli said her mom was connected to a secretary in the vice president's office.

Maselli said she was "shocked" not only that Biden responded but that he invited her to the White House.

Maselli, however, didn't end up going to prom.

"I'd rather go to the White House anyway!" she said.

And what will she do with the flowers?

Right now, the red, white and blue corsage is in the refrigerator. There are three bracelets attached to the flowers, which Maselli said she'll definitely be holding onto.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    That's cute. Complain about anything you want about Joey, but let it never be denied that he's got a big heart.

    May 19, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Joe's so cool. I guess she told Boehner to kick rocks and forget about it.

    May 19, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. CryBabies

    Does anybody else think this sounds a bit weird? And even more weird that CNN or the MSM is considering this to be newsworthy??

    May 19, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Class act !

    May 19, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. smith

    Aww, that`s disgusting. Biden is like 70 and I hope her parents are taking her to a mental hospital quickly.

    May 19, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Nice touch, Mr Vice President. Nice touch.

    May 19, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Graham Krueger

    Joe is so sweet. Cute story.

    Biden-Gillibrand 2016

    May 19, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Now that was sweet. Class act VP Biden!!

    May 19, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. don in albuquerque

    My daughters grandfather gave her a wrist corsage to wear to the prom. She wore it and the pin on type that her date gave her. Her grandfather died a few years later.....she is now thirty five years old and still has that corsage pressed in her yearbook. Sure am glad there was no one like you around, he might have gotten arrested. What a sad post to try and make a few political points. I have agreed with you occasionally and said so, but this comment was just a sad commentary about yourself.

    May 19, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Aww, that`s disgusting.

    Maybe in your world of warped mentality.

    May 19, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Rocky Green

    Congratulations on your graduation. I pray your future is bright. This administration truly is and has been a class act. God Bless America and our President, First Family, and the Biden's . Clinton/Warren 2016.

    May 19, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Gunderson

    Well Joe,
    Maybe you need to re think that plan for retirement and run for president! Uh, no. Retire.

    May 19, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. smith

    @Don-Relax,Im just poking a little fun at the story.

    May 19, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    yeah, unhuh. Wanna buy some swampland?

    May 19, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. CryBabies

    Don in Al....Grandfathers are a totally different situation. Lets keep it on point and apples to apples.

    May 19, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. fancyclancy

    what a lovely gesture that our Vice President showed Ms. Maselli. for her to have extended an invitation back in september, & V.P. Biden to make sure that the invite was remebered 8 months later! Ms. Maselli sounds like she is a young lady who will do wonders for herself. congrats on your graduation.your family can be very proud of you!!!ALL THE BEST TO YOU!

    May 20, 2014 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  17. Richard Cranium

    Further proof that the education system has all but failed completely to educate our kids – politicians are BAD Mkay?

    May 20, 2014 01:33 am at 1:33 am |