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. David M.

    Carter is the only President who truly went back to normal life after the white house. He's involved in things that matter and make a difference to every day kind of people. Too bad some of our other recent presidents couldn't take a lesson from him. I wish him a speedy recovery.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe capz

    i liked his beer guzzling brother billy ..can you imagine the family reunions.

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

    i wish him and his family the best.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. charle s

    Jimmy Carter was one of the best Presidents we ever had and the most unappreciated one. He tried to focus our attention on energy use in this country and was ridiculed for it. He tried to get Americans serious about energy conservation, what a different country and world we would now have if his advice had been followed. He sacrificed his Presidency rather than start a war over the hostage crisis in Iran. He would probably have been reelected if had started a war with Iran. Everyone knows that the Iranians and President Reagan conspired to hold the hostages so that President Carter would be defeated. The Iranians released the hostages after President Reagan was sworn into office.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    I disagree with Jimmy Carter's politics today but the 39th President will always hold a special place in my heart. He was the first President I voted for in 1976. I'll never forget the good feeling of voting for the very first time. I hope he gets well very soon.

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

      That good feeling was followed by a stomach ache...

      September 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Trng_Chick

    What a good man – one of the few who truly lives his ideals. Hope he's well soon

    September 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Yuck........Buzzards Circling

    I guess that airport food didn't sit well........ lets hope its nothing serious......The Planet still needs examples like him to show the way around the filth...............Good man

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

    your Jerk is showing

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


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  10. Tom

    Not a Carter supporter, but I hope he's doing ok and recovers quickly.

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

      Tom – I wish there were more people like you! People who can disagree with one another but still wish them well ....appreciate your display of compassion, nice to see once in a while...Have a great day! I

      September 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. keith

    he must have choked on a peanut

    September 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Texas Jo

    Get well soon Mr. President.... He was the "President of the People" unlike what we have now...

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

    This is the funniest thing I have read as a comment! Great sense of humor.
    I sure hope he gets better!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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  15. Todd in VA

    Why is it when liberals bash Bush, but when you swipe one of their own in humor, it is racist or hatred? Did Bush run in the last campaign? I don't think so! I guess they can only defend their lack of judgement for "Hope and Change", being testy with a counter view. Let me frank, Obama promised "Dope and Change". Liberals have always had a problem with hearing. The change you get from buying his dope (Medical Marijuana) will be taxed to grow his great society with Hugo Chavez.

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

      I don't get onto to CNN much but 'Holy Mother' I'm astounded at the comments when I do, it's like I'm on a soap opera – "Divorced From Reality"...Carter gets sick, Obama ruins the economy, my dog gets sick – IT'S ALL BUSH'S FAULT.

      September 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
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