Connecticut teenager Talia Maselli said she could only envision going to her high school senior prom "escorted by the most delightful man in America" — Vice President Biden.
So the 17-year-old student mailed the vice president a handwritten note last fall, asking Biden if he might accompany her to the dance.
In an appeal to Washington sensibilities, the teenager offered both a carrot and a stick — warning Biden that she would ask Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) if he turned her down.
"And we can't have that now can we," she wrote.
Biden couldn't make the dance, but the vice president still responded, sending Maselli a corsage and a handwritten note inviting her to the White House.
"He wanted her to feel special at her prom, even though he wasn't able to come," a representative for the vice president told the Courant.
In the note, Biden says he's flattered, but his schedule would not permit him to be in Connecticut.
"But I hope you will accept this corsage and enjoy your prom as much as I did mine," the vice president said.
Maselli and her family are planning to visit the vice president in Washington later this summer.