Vice president rejects prom invite but sends corsage Talia Maselli poses at her home in Newington, Conn. with a wrist corsage sent to her by Vice President Joe Biden
Vice president rejects prom invite but sends corsage
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What happens when you invite Vice President Joe Biden to your high school prom? For one student he couldn't make it, but he sent a personal reply.

Talia Maselli reached out to Biden last fall, knowing his dance card likely would fill up.

Biden sent a handwritten card and a corsage baby's breath, white roses and red, white and blue ribbons. Biden's office says he was touched by the invitation and personally picked out the corsage so Maselli would feel special.

When the vice president's package arrived at the Masellis' home, a day before the prom at the school in Newington, Connecticut, the family thought it was a prank.

"But then we called the number that came with it, and it was his personal secretary," said Maselli, 18. "I was just shocked."

Maselli said the invitation to Biden began as a joke between her and her friends and she thought it would get lost in all the other mail he gets. She said she always thought the vice president was funny and she didn't invite President Barack Obama because she thought he would be too busy.

"You know how people have a celebrity crush?" she said. "Well, I don't, but I thought he would be fun to hang out with."

Maselli said in her letter to Biden in September that she was inviting him so far in advance because she had to beat other teenage girls to the punch. She didn't go to her prom Friday, as planned.

"I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in all of America Joe Biden," she wrote. "I fear if you turn me down, I may have to invite Speaker John Boehner, and we can't have that now can we."

Biden, a former U.S. senator from Delaware, said in his reply that he was flattered by the invitation but his schedule wouldn't let him attend. Biden's office is arranging for Maselli to meet him at the White House in July.

Dawn Maselli said her daughter, who plans to study theater at Central Connecticut State University in the fall, has been downplaying getting a response from the vice president, saying it's no big deal. That's not how mom sees it, though.

"It's wild. It's fun," Dawn Maselli said. "I told her to just enjoy it."

Critical thinking challenge: Why didnt Talia want to invite John Boehner? Who is John Boehner and what is his job in the government? Why might Talia prefer Joe Biden to John Boehner?

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COMMENTS (22)
  • lk30pink
    5/20/2014 - 08:36 a.m.

    I think its nice that he took the time to actually reply to her and send her flowers. Its nice that since she couldnt attend, now she can go meet him at the white house.

  • NP30yankee
    5/20/2014 - 08:38 a.m.

    I don't blame Biden because he has a lot more stuff to focus on then going to a prom. However, it shows class that he wasn't rude to the young lady and did send the corsage.

  • Sarah H
    5/20/2014 - 11:33 a.m.

    That is so neat that she got to meet him actually in person! But, one thing is for sure, joke or not, she had a lot of guts to send a letter to the Vice President asking him to go with you to prom. With him showing up at her house was probably just so exciting for her! She even gets to go to the White House and she might even get to see more rooms than the normal person would touring because she is the VP guest!

  • kaylaVa
    5/20/2014 - 12:19 p.m.

    I think that is was really nice of him to do that for her. Not many people would take time out of their busy lives to do that and I think that he is a super nice person for doing that.

  • jmpink
    5/20/2014 - 01:03 p.m.

    i would have never went either bc she is too young to be asking some man to go to prom with her
    like i feel like it was vet=ry nice of him to send a flower but going to prom with him was way to much

  • galvinc-
    5/20/2014 - 01:03 p.m.

    This story is about is about a girl who invited Joe Biden to her prom. He sent her a corsage because he can't go to prom . Talia didn't invite John Boehener because she thought it will be fun to hang out with the Vice President . John Boehner is the Speaker of the House .

  • galvinc-
    5/20/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    This story is about is about a girl who invited Joe Biden to her prom. He sent her a corsage because he can't go to prom . Talia didn't invite John Boehener because she thought it will be fun to hang out with the Vice President . John Boehner is the Speaker of the House .

  • brady.q-
    5/20/2014 - 01:14 p.m.

    The story is all about a girl who wanted to invite Joe Biden to the prom . His job is Vice President of United States . Joe Boehner is is a Speker of the House. Joe Biden gave Talia a corsage he couldn't go because he to busy. She thought it would be fun to haunt with Joe Biden

  • orahf-
    5/20/2014 - 01:22 p.m.

    Talia want to hang out with Joe Biden because she thought it would be fun to hang out with him. He couldn't go to the prom because he was busy. He sent a personal message with a corsage. Joe Boehner job is the Speaker of the house.

  • bobbyb-
    5/20/2014 - 01:42 p.m.

    Talia invited Joe Biden because ,she thought it will be fun to hang out with John Biden. John Boehner Is the Speaker of the House. Joe Biden gave her a corsage for her prom. He could not because he was too busy.

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