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Teen Paralympian Gets the Courage to Ask Obama for Selfie at State Dinner

Playing Teen Paralympian Gets the Courage to Ask Obama for Selfie at State Dinner

In a room packed with stars from both America and Italy, one athlete shined the brightest after she asked President Obama for a selfie.

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Italian Paralympian Beatrice Vio was a guest of honor at Obama’s final state dinner at the White House Tuesday night, as they hosted Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini.

The 19-year-old, who lost her legs and arms from severe meningitis in 2008, took home gold at the Rio Paralympics in wheelchair fencing this past summer.

To cap her year with a presidential selfie, however, Vio had to defy protocol, but the president didn't seem to mind.

 

"It's not possible?!? I'm sorry, I don't understand these words"... 😜 Piccolo sgarro al protocollo per un selfie con @barackobama 😱😍😂🇺🇸🇮🇹

A photo posted by Beatrice Vio (@bebe_vio) on

She captioned the photo with: "It's not possible?!? I'm sorry, I don't understand these words."

The president held the camera as the teen posed for the shot with the leader of the free world.

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Prior to the photo, Vio began her day on the White House lawn and watched as Obama introduced Renzi to Washington.

 

#Washington D.C. Questa mattina nei giardini della Casa Bianca abbiamo assistito alla cerimonia di apertura di questo splendido evento di stasera! Ho stretto la mano al Presidente Obama e vi giuro che per la prima volta non sapevo cosa dire e non ho avuto neanche il coraggio di chiedere un selfie... io che rimango senza parole, mai successo! Menomale che stasera lo rivediamo 💕🇺🇸💪🏼

A photo posted by Beatrice Vio (@bebe_vio) on

She wrote on Instagram: “I shook hands with President Obama and I swear that I didn't know what to say for the first time and I didn't even dare ask a selfie ... I am speechless, great success!”

She added: “Luckily tonight I can see,” meaning she hoped to ask for a selfie. Little did she know that a few hours later, the president would oblige.

She flew to Washington with Oscar winner and Life Is Beautiful star Roberto Benigni along with his wife, Nicoletta Braschi.

 

Arrivata a #Washington 🇺🇸 😁 (Foto Ambasciata Italiana)

A photo posted by Beatrice Vio (@bebe_vio) on

She also showed off her dress and how she packed.

 

Vestito, scarpe, accessori, gambe col tacco... ok, la valigia è pronta, domattina si parte destinazione Washington 🇺🇸 ancora non ci posso credere! Mi fa un pó effetto leggere i nomi delle grandi donne che accompagneranno il premier Renzi e la moglie Agnese da Obama 😬 ed io sono orgogliosa di essere con loro, fiera di rappresentare lo sport italiano. E nient'altro... niente politica (non mi interessa), nessun partito, nessuna strumentalizzazione... solo sport, olimpico e paralimpico, finalmente insieme! Ragazze preparatevi... andiamo a fargli vedere chi siamo!!! 😜

A photo posted by Beatrice Vio (@bebe_vio) on

 

Quando ho ricevuto l'invito per la cena di Obama alla Casa Bianca ho pensato "sono su scherzi a parte!" 😁 una volta capito che era tutto vero il primo pensiero è stato "Oddio, cosa mi metto?!?" 😱 allora ho chiesto aiuto a Maria Grazia Chiuri, la nuova "boss" di Dior... e questo è il risultato 😍 voi cosa ne dite? 👗😚👌🏼

A photo posted by Beatrice Vio (@bebe_vio) on


Among the 400 guests were many high profile Italians and Italian-Americans such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his girlfriend, Sandra Lee; The Night Of actor John Turturro, Life Is Beautiful star Roberto Benigni, designer Giorgio Armani, race car driver Mario Andretti and celebrity chef Rachael Ray.

Musicians Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper and comedian Jerry Seinfeld were also in attendance. 

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