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. CB

    Former President Carter saw his new Obama Tax bill from the IRS, and became ill.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brenda

    I wouldn't write him off yet, Steve. I know people half his age that aren't as spry and active as Pres. Carter is. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ahuizotl

    This is just great. Just what we needed, a former preident and Nobel Lauriet might pass away. Just fantastic. It's like the news wasn't depressing enough already. Get well soon, mr. Carter.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave M

    Please pass and soon...

    Good riddance to bad rubbish...

    September 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brownstain

      Please verify that you are of the human species, and if you are, will you submit to testing of your psychosis?

      September 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Ditto....the guy's a dirtbag!

      September 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Beasley

    Cleveland Browns Director of Football Operations Mike Holmgren was sorry to hear of Mr. Carter's hospitalization, and announced that the Browns would now look to someone else in their search for a quarterback.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kate

    To bad he ended up in Cleveland at one of the worlds best hospitals. They will probably save his life. Was hoping it would be the end of the old nut job.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brownstain

      Do you practice witchcraft with O'Donnell?

      September 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • cecilia

      My God, people can you hear yourselves – is this what has become of a free speech society. enough already with the references to dying. gees

      September 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Skullmeister

    carter was the worse president of my life time. it will b interesting 2 c how history remembers him

    September 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim Liao

    Why doesn't the article list his age? Now I got to go to another website to find out this information that should have been put in this article in the first place. Hope our former President is going to recover. Will pray you Sir.

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

      Sorry I feel like an Idiot now. It does say he is 86. I guess I'm just use to seeing sentences that read, "The 86 year old former President" or at least mention his age in the first paragraph. It seems his age got buried in the third paragraph.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joe capz

    i liked jimmy's beer guzzling brother billy

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

      heh heh ok, maybe ur just a fun person; i just got kinda sick of him, sorry.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Derel

    Dachatt...he was a TERRIBLE president, but one hell of a MAN. And, that's more important.

    God speed Jimmy!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    Ration his care.......

    September 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      yeah, man i wish we all could get healthcare like that, my mother can't even afford her medicine which she needs desperately and i can't afford it. she is 83.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      I concur...these folks should put their money where their mouth is....

      September 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kate

    The WORST President ever!!! Excluding the current one.

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

      Ooooo....that's a really tough call. Obama is pretty damn awful and he's not even two years in. My guess is that, like Carter, people will be voting for him in record numbers to become ex-president!

      September 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan In NJ

    @rick long...that would be right around the time Nixon held the office

    September 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • russinmaine

      And if you are paying attention the current one is doing more to divide and ramp up hatred and disrespect for the office than anyone before him. Promising honosty, integrity and openess in government and then delivering a combination as far to the other end of the scale as one can get has caused much of it. For those who will answer with the typical race card monologue please save it , because that is not the issue!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Teri

    According to the local stations, they kicked everybody else out of the ER who was being seen and waiting to be seen. I can just see them trying to kick me or a family member out of the ER. Granted a lot of people use them for a walk-in clinic these days, but true emergencies...............can only hope they didn't kick them out.

    I agree with Mark GA. Jimmy was too good of a person to make it in DC. Not saying he was a failure.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rob

    Get over it! He is a flesh and blood human being just like every other man in the world. I am a Jimmy C. fan, but c'mon. Why would he warrant more reverence than anyone else? Just because he held an office? Blah, Blah, Blah...Ronald Reagan was the biggest crook of the 20th century and I should respect a KNOWN crook? Good luck with that!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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