September 28th, 2010
02:03 PM ET

Upset stomach hospitalizes President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter, seen here last month, was hospitalized Tuesday.

[Updated at 2:03 p.m.] Josesph-Beth Booksellers has told about 400 attendees that President Jimmy Carter will not be attending the scheduled Tuesday book signing.

The event has not yet been rescheduled, but a Carter Center statement said earlier that the president would resume his book tour next week.

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[Updated at 1:48 p.m.] An employee at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lyndhurst, Ohio, says about 400 people are still waiting at the bookstore to see President Jimmy Carter.

Some have been there since 9 a.m. ET, the employee said.

Carter was initially scheduled to be at the bookstore at 1 p.m., but his staff moved it up to noon prior to the president's hospitalization.

The employee, who declined to identify himself, said there were still Secret Service agents at the store, and there has been no official announcement that Carter is not showing.

[Updated at 1:21  p.m.] Jimmy Carter is "resting comfortably" after being rushed from the airport to a hospital upon his arrival in Cleveland on Thursday morning, according to the ex-president's nonprofit organization.

"While on a flight to Cleveland, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter developed an upset stomach, and, upon arrival, was taken to Metro Health Hospital for observation," said a statement from Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo. "He is resting comfortably and is expected to resume his book tour this week."

[Updated at 1:10 p.m.] President Jimmy Carter has been transferred to Metro Health Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, after experiencing an unknown health issue on a flight to the city, an airport spokesperson said.

Jackie Mayo, the public information officer for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, said the 39th president was transferred to the hospital at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET after paramedics met Carter's plane upon its arrival.

Carter, who will turn 86 on Friday, was reportedly in Ohio to autograph copies of his new book, "White House Diary," at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the suburb of Lyndhurst, according to the bookstore.

Since leaving the Oval Office in 1981, Carter has devoted his time to the Carter Center in Atlanta, which monitors elections, fights disease in developing nations and seeks to strike peace deals internationally.

In addition to some controversial comments made in his book, which was released this month, Carter made headlines recently when he negotiated the release of U.S. citizen Aijalon Mahli Gomes, who had been jailed in North Korea.

For continuing coverage of President Jimmy Carter's hospitalization, read more at CNN's Political Ticker.

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  1. Karma

    Hope he's ok!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      Maybe he ate a bad peanut.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      That's Delta Airlines for you, if the ticket prices or luggage fees don't get you sick the peanuts will.......

      September 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Armstrong Sr.

      That's what he get's for reading his own book .

      September 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |

      He IS a bad peanut!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Mayor

      Hey I live/work in this stinking armpit of a city, this isn't news to us clevelanders, everyone who's stupid enough to visit this dirty,smelly city gets sick!!!!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      My stomach is upset thinking of the SOB!

      September 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Duh

    Clevelanden huh... Clevelanden... really no spell check.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marc

    Phil, You lack respect and it's not funny regarding the ill health of someone. Go get your head examined.

    President Carter get well soon.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      actually, i did have my head examined yesterday, and it's confirmed, i am absolelutely crazy but not stupid.

      September 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dawn

    Just seen him on The Daily Show the other day. He looks so frail, but as Jon put it, still 'full of vim and vigor'.
    Get well soon, Jimmy!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tedy kenedy roosevelt

    And peanuts. poor people need peanuts too.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. akon smitt

    God bless ole jimmy. He's from ga and so am I. So hope he gets well soon and will be in my prayers.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Josh


    September 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harry

    Well I hope he is ok. He was good guy!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      WAS a good guy? Do you know something we dont?

      September 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nick

    To use a House line, sounds like he has a chronic case of old person-itis.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • alaska1


      September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      to nick – my sentiments exactly

      September 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ray

    These things always appear as news like this at first, then you find out an hour later they are deceased.... Michael jackson anybody?

    September 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      true story, guess we'll see what happens, course i wouldn't wish anyone dead

      September 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Harry

    Correction, Jack Mayoff, the public information officer for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport....

    September 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Josh

    I wish him well because he's a human. That said, he's not as good as his PR machine tries to make him. Egomaniac...

    September 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • peter

      "egomaniac"? Even known a president who was NOT one? Got to be full of yourself to think you can be the most powerful person in the world.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      yeah; and what was up with that pic lately where former pres. carter separated himself from the "other" presidents? and can we ever forget his wonderful brother and "billy beer"?

      September 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vanilla Gorilla

      ol' JC is the self proclaimed best prez ever – time for the old peanut farmer to hang it up and stop embarrassing America
      maybe Mother Nature will call him home and give the rest of us a break from his sorry, whining liberal BS
      time for a dirt nap Jimmy
      he makes Billy Carter look like the Man of the Year

      September 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john

    Wish him well..he is the most trusted president of America

    September 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |

      huh?? Your kidding right?

      September 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      I agree with you 100%...very trusted and honest man...

      September 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Actually, no.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA

      I didnt care for him as President but man he has been doing great things since he left!!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |

      I trust that he was the worst excuse for a president ever!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Mayor

      THE MAN IS A GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vanilla Gorilla

      what planet have you been living on?? Carter was elected in the same irresponsible manner that Obama was
      being the gov of Georgia is like being the smartest kid in the "special class" no one cares
      both are liabilities to the future generations of all Americans
      Old Mr Peanut was a buffoon as a president and he had a lot of support from his wife – Rosalyn
      he may have been a president – but he was not Americas president – he was willing to sellout America
      just do some basic research and see for your self and try not to be confused by the facts
      he screwed up everything he touched – anyone remember t he hostage situation that he bungled and then tried to blame someone else

      September 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casual Observer

      The problems with radical Islam are rooted in Iran and Saudi Arabia – and President Jimmy did more then any other world leader to allow these two nations to become theocratic countries. The facts speak for themselves.
      His "Andy of Mayberry" to world politics is one of the reasons we are having problems in the Middle East today
      he lied and betrayed our allies
      his activities after he left office are self centered attempts to draw attention to himself and his left wing agenda
      please do the entire world a great service and leave Cleveland in a coma at least then you are still alive but unable to do anymore damage

      September 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Worried American

      I assume that you are in junior high and are reading a revised textbook of American history.
      Your statement is as wrong as his international policies. Jim-meeee opened Pandoras Box for all that is wrong in the Middle East and we as a nation will be paying for his ineptness for generations.

      September 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |

    I feel for his family but I have to say that everytime I see his face on TV I think of how much chaos the middle east is in and he was one of the main contributors to it. He was the reason why the Islamic Republic of Iran is there today, supporting terror and building the bomb.... I wish he would just admit it though and take responsibility for his actions...

    September 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      He never has, never will. My grandfather knew several presidents and he always hated him the most. "Nasty man." was how he put it.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • cecilia

      wow – you must think he was some powerful Democrat – funny most Republicans think Democrats are a bunch of do nothings –

      September 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mogu

    I hope President Carter recovers quickly. He will be in our prayers.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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