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. workinggal

    wishing him a speedy recovery, but everyone knows that if it were one of us with an upset tummy we'd be given pepto, take two of these and call me in the morning. I don't get all the SPECIAL treatment these Ex's get and we have to pay for!

    September 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ohio makes me sick too

    I don't blame the poor guy's body for shutting down once he landed here in Cleveland. This place makes me sick too...I've literally had a cold for the past 2 weeks ever since the weather started to change.

    Leave while you can, Jimmy! There is no good to be had in Cleveland. Not even Lebron would stay here and he grew up here!

    September 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hard Right

    Matt, the Palestinians had a chance at peace and their own nation. However, they wanted all the land and tried to evict Israel by force. The Arabs lost the war THEY started. Israel then occupied the land the Palestinians willingly vactated because they thought they would have it all after the war. Since then every attempt by Israel to achieve peace has been met with terrorism and demands for Israel's destruction. That has always been the goal and still is today. Folks like yourself and catahata know this and support it.
    I'm also familiar with the "war crimes" definition some here subscribe to when it comes to Israel. Anything they do to defend themselves = war crime. Carter is an anti-Semite and a terrorist lover. He is not a good man.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Matt, you speak the truth but I think that your comments may be a bit erudite for this site....lots of big words (not short ones like 'hope' and 'change') and long sentences.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Sorry, your name wrong...can I call you Matt from now on? How about 'Good' Matt?

      September 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hard Right

    Whoops. Sorry Catatahata. Thought you said something you didn't.
    To the lefties, crack a history book and learn what some of us lived thru.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      hey, i lived thru a lot of conflicts in the middle east, we have supported iran, and then iraq, pakistan, afghanistan, etc.; where does it all end? we certainly can't police the world. these people have been fighting each other since bible times. i don't understand creating a conflict with a country to whom we sold guns who will now turn them on us. too many young kids have died already.

      September 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. velma

    My prayers are with the most dynamic living ex-president. Get well soon Mr.Carter.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chester

    allahu akbar

    September 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lynne

    gees, nuff said already; even by me.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chester

    The hostages were released when they because those
    Crooks senile ronny and heartless bush made a back
    Door deal with the Iranians. God bless you
    Mr Carter, what has an exrebumlican prez ever done
    For the good of mankind?

    September 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chester

    Let's see, Nixon=crock, Ford=recession, Reagon=iran contra
    Bush1=1st gulf war, Bush2=911 there has not been a great GOP prez
    Since Ike.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • russinmaine

      Ironic that you would choose to make that post on an article about what many consider to be the worst Democratic president of all time!!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Let's see Obama=Gunrunner+Solyndra+Bailouts
      Can do the same thing with Democrat presidents. Clinton, Carter, etc...
      13 months from now Carter will be the 2nd worst president of all time!

      October 6, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. chester

    Senile ronnienomics ruined the early 90's good thing Clinton came along and saves things
    Then prez bonzo came along a wreaked things again. Obama can't fix 8 years of total screw ups
    in just a year and a half. Yes it is all the GOP's fault!

    September 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RitZoRatZo

    respect for someone that pushed us as a nation over the cliff? I suppose you are in favor of rewarding pedophiles who do not kill their victims .............................
    you like Carter rare part of the problem

    September 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chester

    So your saying we should invaded Iran 30 years ago?
    Iran had and still has a real army. A war would have
    disastrous for the USA. Why do you gopers always think
    WAR is the answer. Have you ever been to WAR I have
    and I will never been the same.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • russinmaine

      I too am a vet but I do not wear it on my sleeve or use it as an excuse to talk like a typical one party braindead moron!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chester

    Tipical for a write wingnut. I bet you wouldn't say it
    to my face?

    September 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hc

    he is a great man

    September 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    For those of you who place even the slightests blame on one man for middle-eastern turmoil...get a clue. Pay attention now. You have been told over and over, and shown on tv over and over, that the USA needs mid-east oil. Never has the US ever purchased more than 7% of her oiil from the mid-east. If I recall, that figure is exactly 6.25%. And so we have all been led to believe that we are at the whim of those eastern countries.Naturally fewer of US would resist the government wanting to protect those "interests" A very subtle pretext to war(s) that are planned years in advance. To lay this on Jimmy Carter, whom I believe to be a good man, is one of the few who got to see how ugly things really are, and got caught up in it. It's hard to go thru mud w/o getting muddy.

    September 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
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