- The Washington Times - Monday, May 19, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden sent a corsage Thursday to 18-year-old Talia Maselli and invited her to the White House after she asked him to be her prom date, a Connecticut newspaper reported.

“Joe Biden makes me laugh,” she told the Hartford Courant. “He just cracks me up.”

The teen sent Mr. Biden a handwritten invitation last year asking him to prom.

“I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in America,” Talia said in her invite.

A delivery man reportedly showed up at her Newington home at about 10 a.m. Thursday — the eve of the prom — and handed her a wrist corsage.

“I am flattered, but my schedule will not permit me to be in Connecticut on Friday evening,” Mr. Biden said in an accompanying note, the newspaper reported. “But I hope you will accept this corsage and enjoy your prom as much as I did mine.”

Mr. Biden’s office said he was touched by the invitation and personally picked out the corsage of baby’s breath and white roses so that the teen would feel special for her big night.

The vice president also invited her to visit the White House in July.

“It’s just been crazy,” she told the Hartford Courant. “I definitely didn’t expect him to answer seven months after the letter.”

The teen unfortunately never made it to her prom, “but if he had said yes, I would have gone,” she told the paper.