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. Don't nobody understand the words that are comin' out of your mouth.

    Get well Jimmy Carter.

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

    One of the nicest people I ever met. Not the least bit condescending or elitist (That's pretty funny considering his background.). I found him to be a man of grace and humility and was most impressed. I hope he gets well soon.

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

    get well get well soon we want you to get well

    get well soon to the 2nd worst president in USA history behind barry sotero

    September 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jackblob

    This is a joke, right? All this for an upset stomach?

    BTW, I wonder if Carter is putting his stamp of approval on the recent elections in Venezuela. He seemed fine with previous elections.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Todd In Reality

    NEWS FLASH: President Obama will be holding a Presidential news conference on CNN to disclose he may actually get his 50% estate tax from former President Carter due to the fact Doctors have found " peanuts in the former president's poo". Obama has asked the Doctors to perform a colon irrigation to get the former President well in order to extend his life beyond the expiration of tax cuts. More news to follow. Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Secretary will administer the White House garden hose to save tax payers money.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chester

    Why so much hate from the cristian WRONG, all I can say I pitty you fools
    I thank Ala that I'm not one of you.
    When I comes to you losers all I can
    Say is "ther go I but for the grace of god"

    September 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      hey dude, it's just plain wrong to dis the christian god; i don't go around dissin' Ala.

      September 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Floria sigmundi

    This guy is still living? He's gotta be close to a 100

    September 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't nobody understand the words that are comin' out of your mouth.

      should have blasted him asap.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Peanut Farmer

    Well that's one way to get out of his book signing. Must be no one wanted to see him. Crowd would be better if Billy Carter was still alive handing out Billy Beer!

    September 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JOHN


    September 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Amunaka

    To...Hard Right .""""


    September 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Clevelander

    For the people who assume that the hospitals in Cleveland are substandard, your ignorance is offensive. Get educated. Cleveland has 2 world renowned hospitals that service sheiks, and incredibly wealthy world leaders. The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are both teaching hospitals that are tops in the nation. Dr. Roizen is part of the Cleveland Clinic, and Dr. Oz works in conjunction with Dr. Roizen. Mr. Carter is currently hospitalized at MetroHealth (the nearest to Hopkins), which is also a top hospital in the US.
    Sending the former president well wishes, and hoping he recovers quickly.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Adam

    Worst president ever and armchair quarterback to all future presidents since. Please do the world a favor and go away Jimmy!

    September 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Debbie

    while his presidency may have been lacking, how many other former presidents have done a lot for the good of anyone but themself or their party?? In his 80's and still doing physical work for habitat for humanity! He is a good man. Get well soon Jimmy.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chester

    W excuse me Mr. Retard had us
    On brink of war whith China
    Before 911 thank God he will
    Never be near the switch ever again!

    September 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Adebayo

    Get well soon,u have indeed make your mark,your work will speak for you even till years to come.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      It certainly will!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
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