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. Lacey and me

    I warned him about reading and believing his own book.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MuhenTuhen

    Did he eat to much sushi on the plane? Poor boy. I think we should redirect him to Cuba – they got the best free medicine in the WORLD.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hoofleau

    Jimmy Carter is a great humanitarian. At 86 years old, he still goes out of his way to make a difference. I wish him well and hope he succeeds in his endeavors. As to some of the comments posted..., it is obvious that you don't know anything about kindness and virtue, let alone hard work and dedication. Shame on you for your negative comments.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tranger

      It is shameful how some of these idiotic people would make fun of other people's illness. Just incredible. But then consider the source. What do they know about the virtues of being educated and extending sympathy to those who are less fortunate health-wise. It's a crying shame they have to espouse their hate and at the same time expose their idiocy and lack of compassion in the process.

      President Carter has gone overseas many times to bring captured people back home who are caught in harm's way. Who else has the gonads to do that I ask you? And would they? Of course not, they are a bunch of self-serving, self aggrandising idiots who would probably laugh at their own parent's funeral or that of a relative. Sorry to have to say this, but it just goes to show others across the world just how stupid some Americans can be!

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

      Carter is able to go to those s***hole countries and bring hostages back because the leaders of those countries are able to sell him on the injustice done to those s***hole countries by the United States. Carter is a useful idiot who is used (many times without his knowledge) as a pawn to show how weak and corrupt these places view the US. He's a FOOL!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LV

    I was the first to throw money in the barrel in Plains when he announced for President. I wish i had my money back.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 11:11

    Could we be so lucky as to finally be close to being rid of this blighted waste of skin.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mailmd

    The Blog headline says: "Jimmy Carter...after being rushed to a hospital with an upset stomach after landing in Cleveland today..." Is this another Cleveland joke?

    September 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greg

    I very much dislike Carter and feel he's pretty much a waste of time and was a terrible POTUS, BUT, in his defense, I used to live in Cleveland... that might explain his stomach issue.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chester

    Read Laurance of Arabia, then you will see why
    Why we have been hated in the middle east. It's
    Not Jimmy's fault we are hated. But W did throw
    Jet fuel on the fire.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Why are you laying this at the feet of T.E. Lawrence? Everybody knows it's all Bush's fault!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CATAHATA

    Hide yo chiren, hide yo wife, hide yo husband too – they rapin erbody out here

    September 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. A. Benab

    HARD RIGHT is just hard ass crazy. He was one of the BEST presidents we have ever had. If we listened to him in the first place, we would not be in the energy compromises that we are already in. We have better relations with China now and he used the voice of reason to manipulate other countries who did not always agree with our (The US) policies. You really have no sense of morality. He's not anti-semitic at all. You really fall for the propoganda HARD RIGHT. Or is it HARD WRONG!!! If I were Palestinian, I would not want any country to dictate and rule me. How humiliating. I think I am gonna come take over your kitchen and bathroom. You must pass my checkpoint with proper ID. The European zionist who rule the illegal elite government in Israel say so. Too bad if you have to pee. YOU ARE THE ELITIST. Or you are highly MIS-INFORMED, or you just believe everything you read.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • CATAHATA

      Stop smoking legalized marijuana A. Benab

      September 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      A. Benab, it's time to check that plate in you're head...I think it's coming loose.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • They Actually Speak About Themselves!

      A Benab, those comments left after your posting sure seems to show how much people know of or are themselves on what they say you are on. Takes one to know one, huh. As for plates in the head, there's another one who obviously is revealing his own demise. Funny how these folks reveal all about themselves in the process of attempting to post something doesn't it!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GeorgeBos95

    I can say I disagreed with Carter's policies and that he was a lousy President – just as he can whine and moan about prior President's – and not be disrespectful.

    I had to deal with Carter's silliness while he was in office – many of you did not. Those of us who did are the only ones in a position to have an opinion on what life was like during the late 70's. The rest of you are engaging in academic silliness.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A. Benab

    Some of you are just plain hateful people. Reactionary right wing zealots. Wow, no tact at all

    September 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Yeah...tact....that's our problem?!?

      September 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    PLEASE DON'T DIE JIMMY!!!!!
    cuz If you do...out of pity the media will rehabilitate your record from the flop it actually was.
    PLEASE DON'T DIE JIMMY!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyNC

      Prersident Carter is in my opinion the most honest , compassionate, totally unbiased president in modern history.
      It is astounding that anyone who has any sense could try to umpune him.

      November 26, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. A. Benab

    You actually believe that imperialism and colonialism is the way to go for the U.S. It is our downfall you idiots

    September 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. A. Benab

    Bernard Catalina.....A Crazy Man!!!! and he loves it

    September 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
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