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Biden Turns Down Prom Invite But Sends Corsage

A Newington teen asked the vice president to prom.

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    He couldn't go to prom, but Vice President Joe Biden didn't disappoint Newington senior Talia Maselli.

    What happens when you invite Vice President Joe Biden to your prom? Chances are he won't show. But he doesn't ignore it, either.

    That's what happened when Talia Maselli invited Biden to her high school prom in Newington, Connecticut, the Hartford Courant was the first to report.

    The student reached out last fall knowing Biden's dance card would likely fill up.

    "I am inviting you so far in advance because I am sure many 17-year-olds send you prom invitations & I had to beat them to it,” Talia said in her letter.

    "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 continued. "I fear if you turn me down, I may have to invite Speaker John Boehner, & we can’t have that now, can we?"

    Biden couldn't make it, but he sent a handwritten card and a corsage -- baby's breath, white roses, and red, white and blue ribbons. Biden's office said he was touched by the invitation and personally picked out the corsage so Maselli would feel special.

    Biden said in the note that he's flattered but his schedule wouldn't let him attend.

    The vice president's Twitter account, run by the Democratic Party, tweeted out the Courant's story. 

    Biden's office also is arranging for Talia to visit the White House to meet with him in July.