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. Dano

    Burning effigies all over I think you were trying to spell metropolitan cleveland.(?) I don't get it. Its unclear if you get it either...

    September 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Anti-Hoff

    This just in:
    "Jimmy Carter blah blah bla"
    Nothing like like releasing a half baked story as breaking news.
    Hope you recover Mr Peanut

    September 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rick long

    When did our society change to have such disregard for our Presidents. We may not approved of everything they did when i office, but we should be more respectful

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

    I am disappointed in anyone who would defend this weak leader. He was a disgrace just like the disgrace we now have in the White House. It takes a Carter to get a Reagan. I hope a Reagan comes soon to save us from the carterites in Washington!

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

      sorry – Reagan is dead, only after destroying the middle class, lying about iran contra, invading Grenada, trying to run the national as an alzheimers patient, making ketchup count as a vegetable in our kid's lunches, and co-staring in movies w/ chimpamzees. he is clearly the answer to our problems.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Reagan was one of the worst presidents we had. He was a master of being likable but if people would get over their nostalgia and actually look at what his policies actually did to America then he'd be seen in a different light. Of course that won't happen because the right hates nothing more than facts.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |

      "The right hates facts"? Really? Are you serious? I guess you voted for the moron in office now. The facts are the change he promised is socialism! What an idiot! The left hates facts! All I know is, while this moron (Carter) was in office, we were a disgrace, but when Reagan took over, the hostages were released and America took her place again as a world power. Now Carter brags that he never fired a shot while our hostages lost all hope and respect for our great nation. Since then, the middle east has erupted into a firestorm of fundamentalist Muslims who want desperately to bring you under their law. That is the facts!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |

      BTW, Jerk, I am middle class, as a matter of fact, everyone I know is middle class... we are not destroyed!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margie

      What would it take to make you go away? Disrespectful POS.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JenniLayne

      If you can bash him why can't others support him...see how that works? dialogue is always going to include opposing viewpoints...
      this is an article about him being ill, not about his policies or even whether he is or is not a good leader....obviously to you he isn't but not everyone shares your opinion....compassion, have a little – you will really like it!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |

      Wow, that's ironic. You calling me a "disrespectful POS." What does that make you?

      September 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      wow! go carl again! i am still very angry with W., believe me when i say that. (maybe carter wasn't so bad) my baby boy is on his fourth tour in the middle east. i think obama got a ****load of stuff dumped in his lap that W. left behind. However, nobody can fix it all alone without the help of the senate and the house, TO WHOM we pay salaries! and our current pres. does not get a lot of respect cause people think his is african american and a muslim, which are both flat lies. check ur facts people!

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

      yes! jennielayne; opposing viewpoints, even about presidents, their lives, their health, their policies, their personal views; that is what freedom is for.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • phils a jerk

      i think that if you look at a calander or read a book (they're made out of paper and are sold both in stores and on the internet), you'll find the hostages were released when President Carter was in office. Generally speaking facts are truthful accounts based on history, science and other interesting things. They may not factor into the strange reality you've created for yourself and I wouldn't expect them to, but you may want to give facts a chance now and then, they can be more compelling than dilusional thoughts bouncing around inside your crazypants head.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom2js

      Wrong, Philsajerk...the hostages were released the day President Reagan was inaugurated. Check your facts again, please.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Hey philsajerk, according to all the calanders (and even the calendars), books and articles I've read, the hostages were released when Reagan became president...Carter was a gigantic wussbag and the Iranians laughed at him as hard as they're laughing at Obama. Love to show the ex-prez some respect but respect has to be earned...when you bad mouth your opponents and brand them as evil, then you deserve no respect whatsoever!

      September 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • phils a jerk

      sorry – you're wrong – the hostages were released prior to the Reagan innauguration. it's a sad day when you're minds are all so jaded that you have to revise history to make yourselves feel good.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Here on planet Earth, the Iranian hostages were released when Reagan became president....which planet are you talkin' about?

      September 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brownstain

    Jimmy has done a lot since leaving the presidency, most of his work is to benefit our species.
    What has GWB done? Wack his wood in Crawford?

    September 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Brownstain, what color is the sky in your world?

      September 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike Johnson

    Cater is a rarity. Carter lives his religion. He is the only Christan acting president in modern American history. If we had followed his advise and worked toward energy independence America would be better off today. The lies and attacks of conservatives against Cater shows their lack of knowledge and values. The recession and inflation started under Nixon. Conservatives want you to believe WIN Buttons never existed. WIN meant whip inflation now and they were Ford's solution to inflation.

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

      Carter is not living his religion, he is a coward who was afraid to fight. There is a time to turn away in the name of peace and there is a time to defend. He chose not to defend our citizens. A man can be a good Christian and a good president at the same time. Carter was weak and cowardly. He showed weakness to those who do not want peace and will stop at nothing to bring you under their Sha'riah law. WAKE UP AMERICA!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotAgain

      @ Mike – you're actually very accurate with your opinions. Mr. Carter has done more out of the office for the national and international affairs than any president previous to him. I would go so far as to say he set the bar of presidential behaviors for others.
      As for CATAHATA – You continue staying classy!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Student of Islam

      When Carter formed the Department of Energy he created the biggest sink hole in the history of the republic.
      With an annual budget of over $25 billion they have done nothing .................... just like Carter – lot's of arming waving and happy talk – but nothing of any substance. His records speaks for how is that energy independence thing working out for America?i
      The rest of the world has figured it out and their fears are that Obama is going to be worse then Carter.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark GA

    Jimmy Carter is a honest man and a compassionate man who was way too honest for that snakepit known as Washington. We need more people like him that care about others and give of themselves so that others are made better.

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

      I agree. I know I am in a minority, but I think he was a good president. (And I am a Republican!)

      September 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beasley

      Let's review the record. The prime interest rate reached 21%. 30-year fixed home mortgages were at 18%. Inflation was in double-digits. Unemployment was skyrocketing. And over on the international front, the US abandoned traditional allies in Central and South America and the Middle East in pursuit of Mr. Carter's Human Rights Uber Alles policies, leading to weak governments in countries effectively run by drug lords to the south of us, and the Islamic Republic of Iran in western Asia. A good man, perhaps, but not a good president.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |

      YES YES YES! Someone who understands me! Go Beasley!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |

      Are you HIGH?

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

      You mean right now...well....why do you ask? Who told you to ask that??? Are you watching me?

      September 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernard Catalina

      "but I think he was a good president."

      I bet you support Emperor Hussein, the Empty Suit.

      No Republican are you. Stop trying to lie. Even Democrats can't say something like that without cracking up.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohhiya

      Most of the old southern democrat generation (i know) who elected him still like him. Though there isnt many of them left. Still, they have nothing but bad things to say about Clinton, odd bunch that crowd.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duh

      Yeah, cause the only thing we lacked in this last recession were long lines at the gas stations....please can we get another Carter, just to make this economy exactly like 1978.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      I think we got that covered.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ted

    Jimmy Carter was a great president.

    George Bush was a moronic ignorant incompetent president.

    Having said all this, I don't wish a premature death on either.

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

      Please explain how Carter was a great president...

      September 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jj


      September 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • phils a jerk

      creating depatment of energy, department of education, reforming energy policy, middle east peace agreement, food lableing, Panama Canal, unprecendented increase in military spending, not bowing to special interestes, SALT II agreements, Alaska Oil Pipeline, creation of Superfund, recognizing Native Americans and not being a crook are a few things he did in office.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Todd in VA

    I hope Jimmy is O.K. If he should die it is a great year to do it before tax cuts expire. I bet Barack will give a President Order to keep him on a ventilator until 12:01 am January 1, 2011, so he can get 50% in taxes on Jimmy's Presidential Trust and Peanut Estate.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dachatt

    Get Well

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

    Is he dead yet?

    September 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kaisersouse

    Jimmy goes to North Korea, and later Jimmy goes to the hospital. Hmmm....

    September 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Heidi

    I hope he gets better soon. he is a fabulous man that walks as he talks and is an inspiration to many.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hank

    Die you socialist piece of garbage! You leftists are all a cancer on the species! Die! Die! Die!

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

      Seig Heil

      September 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margie

      And you are just a piece of garbage. Be careful what you wish on could double back to you. I can only hope.

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

      If you are wishing it to come back on hm two fold, wouldn't that make it come back on you 4 fold?

      September 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. @2NDWORST

    Yeah, at least Bush 2.0 has him beat for worst President ever.

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