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Biden makes surprise stop in Cincinnati Thursday

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to the Tri-State on Thursday.

Biden attended a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the Indian Hill home of lawyer Michael Cioffi.

No reporters found their way inside the invitation-only, super-private affair.

In fact, many of the City's Democratic leaders, like Mayor Mark Mallory or Party Chair Tim Burke, were not on the invite list.

There were no public appearances scheduled for Biden, but the Vice President's drive-by visit to the Queen City did generate a lot of excitement on the sidelines near Lunken Airport.

The Vice President flew-in on Air Force II. It was a spectacular sight that did not go un-noticed by Tony Martin and his wife Victoria Jensen, who live high-up on Mount Washington.

"We saw the blue tail," Jensen said. "All of the sudden noticed there was a larger jet sitting back by the hanger with a blue tail on it, got the binoculars out," Martin said. "The men in black on the hanger didn't give it away at all," they both laughed.

But like the cool kid in high school, who had the big party there you weren't invited to and didn't hear about until it was too late, local Democratic Party leaders were not in the loop.

In the wake of Osama Bin-Laden's death, security was extra-tight. From the air, to the ground, and everywhere in-between.

"When they have policemen parked all over the trails," noticed Jensen.

"Cops cars and firemen and I thought, I was going to be told to leave," said Kevin Berling, who works at Lunken. He had his iPod in hand.

He was not alone.

"Well, we just heard a little rumor that the Vice President's coming," said Laura Sexton.

With cops blocking points all along Route 50 and Columbia Parkway, something was definitely up.

"I thought someone escaped from prison or something," Sexton laughed. "Because I saw all of the cops everywhere!"

So, Sexton, along with her friend Kerstin Lipping, thought they'd see what all the buzz was about.

"We just saw all of the cops," Lipping said. "And being a little bit of a busybody," Sexton quipped. "And needed to know what was going on, so we figured the airport was a good place to be," Lipping said.

In the end, they all got about four seconds of excitement on their cameras, as the motorcade soared-on by.

And not long after that, Air Force II was a fleeting blue dot in the clouds.

"It's a pretty cool thing," Jensen said. "Pretty awesome!"

No word on yet on how much money was raised at that private DNC fundraiser. Nor how much it cost taxpayers for the small army of police, Secret Service and Air Force II personnel it took, to pull this trip off.

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