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. Jerry

    Regan was the worst president ... besides Bush!! Carter was the smartest president ever...

    September 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Jerry, do you put your shoes on before or after you put your pants on?

      September 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JY

    I do hope Mr. Carter will be ok

    September 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Todd In Reality

    NEWS FLASH: Former President Carter was admitted to an Ohio Hospital with an upset stomach. Sources close to the former President said Mr. Carter became ill when he saw first hand the unemployment rate in Ohio, the increase of taxes with the expiration of tax cuts, and the rising cost of health care as a result of OBAMA CARE. The former President was quoted as being driven to the hospital " Deja Vu, I am re-living my night mare as President!. I only hope I didn't hit my donut hole in medicare."

    September 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pepto

    Don't waste taxpayers money. Take some peptobismol!
    I have a papercut, stiches.... 911....!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Hmmmm. Maybe he shouldn't have had the eggs.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    It takes a Carter to create a Reagan? This some stupidity there it takes a Nixon or Reagan and Bush to screw op the counrty economically and a Carter ot Clinton or Obama to fix their runaway spending on defense which was wasted money. Get you hisyory straight before making duimb statement. President Carter get well soon and keep up your good work for as long as you're able!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jerry

    Regan disgraced us with his criminal behaviors during iran-contra ... i will take ineffective president any days vs criminal president!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    "CNN BREAKING NEWS: STOCKS ARE GAINING, BUYERS RESPONDING VERY WELL WITH JIMMY CARTERS HOSPITALIZATION". I am sorry if this hurts any one, but usually CNN finds one un-realistic reason why stocks are losing or gaining. This is one of those.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • RAM


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

    omg no not jimmy carter he had a stumouch ache omg!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LMD

    wishing him the best. His Presidency may have been marred by the state of what he inherited,but he is and always has been a humanitarian,and a man of great character

    September 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LeBron

    I get an upset stomach too every time I go to Cleveland. Tha't why I;m taking my talents to South Beach!! Aww yeah


    September 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mrmerlot

    @bill, Dan in NJ, Rob & (maybe) cecilia ....

    First – that wasn't a political post.
    Second – It was funny, regardless of your political beliefs.

    Either way – used to work at MetroHealth. Great hospital ... nothing but fond memories.

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

    i am disgusted and saddened by some of these comments. the man is someones wife,father,son,family member, would you feel if someone was verbally abusing one of your loved ones when they were should be ashamed.. prayers are with the carter family

    September 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      debbie, i doubt very seriously if any verbal abuse is going to hurt former pres. carter; i am sure he is not reading a bunch of stupid comments and is being very well taken care of. he's a big boy, he can take the abuse.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Hey Debbie, try growin' a spine!

      September 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ZAR

    Hope President Carter is doing well. He is a great man with a great character.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jersey Joe

    Lost respect for the office of President? Probably when Clinton put the "O" back into the Oval office.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
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