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. Phil from MD

    Haha, far from it. I'm just a guy who thinks we should all laugh more and get over things more easily. We're too uptight, upset, angry, etc. all the time.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. eric

    Jimmy, wishing you a speedy recovery...May GOD send you refreshing visits of His grace

    September 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lisa baby

    Hey Phil from MD being homeless is not funny and niether is a health issue causing a former president and great humanitarian. Oh and when people go to heaven they are HOME!

    September 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • RitZoRatZo

      if that is indeed the case then Carter is going to be homeless when he passes
      Jesus may give him an old trailer home up on blocks as he probably has a soft spot for fools like Carter
      he will be surrounded by the souls of those folks in Iran that he stood by and watched be killed as a result of his actions

      September 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. donald

    wow u guys need to be respectful... some comments r uncalled for. he is a former president he deserves all the wishes he can get. all presidents are flawed even the current one. so back off and pray that he is ok.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David Iceman

    I hope you get well soon you are a good man who dose not see in colurs but the "content of you charecter" you will be ok our Dear one

    September 28, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Yeah, Jimma sees only the content of a man's character....unless of course, you're a Jew – then you're a racist....a good man? This clown is the biggest racist and anti-Semite goin' and like the current occupant of the WH, he doesn't take well to dissent. He is a hate-filled racist!

      September 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    What is there to worry so much about it. He is 86 now, what you all really expecting. Every ones journey has stop at some point. If some one is in 50s or 60s you might feel sorry for them. But at 86, job well done and time to say good bye.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathe

      I agree with you, thats the way to think.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phil from MD

    Really people? The comments you are posting are actually posted with hatred in mind. I just posted a joke to make somoene smile after reading bad news. Seriously, get over it and get a sense of humor.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    Now THAT was classic humor....Will Lebron meet him upon arrival with his entourage? Get well Jimmy!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ruth

    I am disappointed in those of you who show no respect for former President Carter. It is in extremely poor taste to act as if he is already dead or to make such disrespectful comments about him. I too saw him on the Daily Show the other evening and thought he looked quite hale and hearty for someone his age. I also was glad to see he hasn't lost his quick wit or thoughtfulness. I hope he just has something minor such as a virus, stomach upset, etc. and will be well on the way back to his healthy self again very quickly!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phils a jerk

    you have no respect, be great for you to be a man and say things like that to people's faces. be even better for you to say it to my face. i'm pretty sure i know how you'd end up – in a hospital.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Zach

    I hope he recovers from this mysterious illness. Great man but many war loving mongers hate him. Get well soon Mr. President.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. goss

    Why are so many slugs disrespecting the a former President? Repub or Democrat it doesn't matter.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SoArizona

    Prayers go up for this beloved man that gives his all to the community of the US.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andrew

    Firsoff-Phil you are a disrespecful idiot! It is morons like you that are an embarrasment to your community!
    I hope Mr. Carter makes a full recovery. He is a decent man who did a lot for this country-he dereuglated
    among other things the Airline Industry whic opened up air travel to the masses-even people like Phil. Mr.
    Carter is certainly the most active former President we have had. My daughter was on a flight from Tampa to Dallas several years ago-President Carter was on the flight and he introduced himsel personally to the approx. 150
    passengers. My daughter enjoyed the encounter.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim in MD

    @ Phil, I've got your back!!!
    @ David, that would be censorship...
    @ everyone else complaining, stop crying!!! It was funny and Phil wasn't wishing President Carter ill will.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
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