NEWINGTON, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Newington, Conn., teen said she never expected Vice President Joe Biden to answer her invitation to her high school prom — seven months later.

Talia Maselli, 18, wrote to Biden and invited her to prom seven months ago, CBS Connecticut reported.

“As the months passed I figured he never saw it, he’s not going to respond,” Maselli told 1010 WINS.

Quoted by the Hartford Courant, Maselli wrote in part: “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 wrote that if Biden turned her down, she might have to ask U.S. House Speaker John Boehner instead, “and we can’t have that now, can we,” the Courant reported.

Last Thursday, the day before the prom, Maselli received a handwritten card and a corsage — baby’s breath, white roses, and red, white and blue ribbons — from the vice president.

Biden’s office said he was touched and flattered by the invitation and personally picked out the corsage so Maselli would feel special.

Biden said his schedule would not permit him to be in Connecticut for the prom and he could not attend, but that he hoped she had a great time, the newspaper reported. He also invited her to visit the White House.

“On the back he wrote, ‘I would now like to invite you to be my guest in the West Wing of the White House,'” Maselli said. “He did me one better, instead of prom I’m going to the White House.”

Newington said while other girls her age have celebrity crushes, she prefers politics – and chose Biden because he “cracks her up,” CBS Connecticut reported.

She plans to take him up on the offer and visit the White House this summer.

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