- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden told a 17-year-old girl who asked him to prom at her Newington, Conn., school that no, he couldn’t go — but he did try to temper the bad news by sending her a small token of a corsage.

The girl had asked months ago, to beat the rush, she said.

“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,” Talia Maselli wrote to the vice president back in the fall, the New York Post reported. “I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in America.”

Apparently, Mr. Biden held out the girl’s hope as long as possible. A day before prom, a deliveryman presented Talia with a corsage of white roses and baby’s breath, tied in patriotic red, white and blue, the New York Post reported.

With the flowers, came this note: “I am flattered, but my schedule will not permit me to be in Connecticut on Friday evening. But I hope you will accept this corsage and enjoy your prom as much as I did mine.”

Mr. Biden did, however, offer a consolation date — an invitation to come visit Washington, D.C. Talia, who has turned 18, said that she is planning a summer trip, the New York Post reported.

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