Best Veep Ever: Joe Biden Surprises Teenager With a Wrist Corsage For Prom


The legend of Joe Biden continues to grow as the Vice President responded to being invited to the prom by sending a handwritten note and a wrist corsage.

Teen Talia Maselli wrote to Vice President Biden seven months ago, and asked him to the prom. According to the Hartford Courant, she wrote, “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. I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in America.”

Maselli displayed a firm grasp of partisan politics by warning Biden that if he turned her down she may be forced to ask Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner to be her date. The teen didn’t think anything else of her invite, and was surprised when she got a knock on the door last Thursday morning. A deliveryman handed her a wrist corsage, and a handwritten note from Biden. In part, the note read, “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.” Biden also invited her to visit the White House. Maselli didn’t go to the prom, but she is looking forward to her visit to the White House.

Whoever takes over for Biden as vice president is going to have a tough act to follow. Joe Biden has had some of the typical vice president gaffe moments, but he also brought the sort of regular guy charm that hasn’t been seen around the White House in decades. Joe Biden seems to be having a blast as vice president, and while those dreams of occupying the Oval Office appear to remain strong, he has carved himself as both vice president and a pop culture icon.

Biden’s gift was probably better than anything Boehner would have sent, as a fifth of Wild Turkey and carton of Camels aren’t appropriate prom gifts.

13 Replies to “Best Veep Ever: Joe Biden Surprises Teenager With a Wrist Corsage For Prom”

  1. “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.”

    Oh that was priceless.

    Good for her!

  2. Critics be damned! Joe Biden is a great guy. And he has a good first name too…yeah I’m biased.

  3. We are very lucky to have President Obama and Vice-President Biden leading this nation and helping the American people. By their actions, they do show that they care for all of us and are very humble, but the republican obstruction is what is hurting this country. I’ve heard many complain that the democrats were a majority in both chambers in the first two years, which is true, but we don’t pass legislature with a simple majority in the upper chamber. There are 60 votes that are required to pass anything. There was the Scott Brown win, the Minnesota recount, Sen. Byrd and Kennedy who were sick, and many other incidents. Our only hope is to GOTV to keep the senate (apply filibuster reform) and win the house.

  4. Joe Biden has made some pretty memorable gaffes, but he has a very good heart that is full of empathy. He has had a major tragedy in his life that involved the deaths of his first wife and his first daughter who was an infant at the time. They were killed in a car accident, which badly injured the two sons also from that first marriage. Biden had just turned 30 when this happened, and he had just been elected to the Senate. For several years, he was a single father who commuted back and forth between Delaware and Washington, D.C. as a senator before he remarried. He is such a refreshing, uplifting comparison to the heartless robot AKA Lyin’ Ryan. It’s frightening to think of what would have transpired if Romney had won, and Lyin’ Ryan doesn’t have the empathy that led VP Biden to reach out to this girl in such a thoughtful way.

  5. Joe’s a gentle soul with a kind heart. I believe he feels empathy which is so lacking is any right wing politician. He may make a few gaffes but his heart is in the right place. His life mirrors most of us,not a smooth road but one we all travel in one way or another. Just another Joe,absolutely not. He is from the area where I live and I would so love to meet him.

  6. Joe is so funny, I think he plays the bumbling for his own advantage, he reminds me of Henry Blake (Maclean Stevenson) and that comforts me

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