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. Bernard Catalina

    Jimmy Carter was RUSHED to the hospital with an upset stomach? Are you effng kidding me?

    Maybe under the ObamaCare death panels, he won't get treatment and will be told to just go off and die. How hilarious would it be to see Democrats get that kind of treatment?

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

      Would never happen....they don't practice what they preach.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Thats good that Carter didnt die that would have left Obama as the worst living president in history .

    September 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    CNN is LAME. I mean you guys get on there and talk about all the problems in the world, And BREAKING NEWS A president from decades ago had an upset stomach... like seriously, how can you listen to yourselves and be happy when u wake up in the morning.
    I am positive you are abusing the power of the voice of the people. u speak without the voice of people for opinions u want to hear yourself.... Makes me have an upset stomach. BREAKING NEWS THAT !

    September 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Victor

    He was a superb Naval Officer, accomplished nuclear physicist (hence his role on SSBN's in the Navy), and the most
    accomplished President at passing legislation in U.S. history.

    It was very unfortunate that he had to leave office as a condition of the hostage release,..., but he did.

    He inherited an economy in shambles (from Nixon & Ford) but could not resolve it completely. It was a difficult time.

    Upon leaving office, President Carter was instrumental in the development of Habitat for Humanity.

    He is a good man.

    He loves our country.

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

      "He is a good man."

      Carter is a JEW HATER of the worst kind. He would sell out the Jews to please his Hamas and Hezbollah buddies.

      I hope the Devil has a real hot room for Jimmah. I hope he burns his backside for all eternity in H-E-L-L.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      Bernard, I too am a Jew.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ewelina

      Having read this I thought it was very iinfrmatove. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

      July 14, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bernard Catalina

    I am a Jew and Carter is a notorious bigot, Jew hater and black hater. He was a segregationist in the Lester Maddox mold. (For you dummies, look up "Lester Maddox" and learn something.)

    When Jimmah croaks, I for one won't shed one tear for him, the anti-Semite. Good riddance to him!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      I couldn't have said it any better....I can't get over all the sanctimonious garbage about how this guy was practically part of the Holy Trinity and should be deified for a freakin' stomach ache but they're happy to sweep all that unsightly anti-Semitism under the rug. Carter has given credence to many of the world's tyrannical regimes beliefs in denigrating the Israel and in the backward beliefs of Sharia law. He has done more damage to the foreign policy of the United States than most presidents (sorry he was so much worse than Bush) and Obama is repeating his mistakes. Under both Carter and Obama, the tyrants of the world not only hate the US but they don't fear us.

      September 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lanny

    Air travel can do it to many people! Just look at those who travel by boat who get sea-sick.

    President Carter is a tough cookie and I'm sure he will be alright and will leave the hospital very shortly to resume his book tour as the news has reported.

    To all who would take this opportunity to make fun of our former President, get a life! Where's your shame? I'm sure you're also the very ones who make fun of your own family members, parents, and spouses when they get sick. No doubt you do.

    Get Well Soon President Carter! We Love You and Send you Many Blessings and our Prayers are with you!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WHOA

    He is too old running the streets, doing his book tour!!

    September 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stefan

    It would sure be nice if I could get rushed to the hospital for free everytime I had an upset stomach. Who is paying for all of this nonsense?

    September 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    best news i have heard today

    September 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. muckraker

    Lousy airline food?

    September 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      do we still get airline food?

      September 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    He is a good man and I like him. He was very active to bring peace to different places. He is also one of few left in US which talks honestly and truely about Israel and Plaetenian conflict. He is Nobel winner and a real american.

    Get well, we love you.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chester

    Long live Jimmy, Bill, Barack.
    Howmany of you loser would
    Be as mouthy to each other
    If you were in the same room.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sue

    I'm not sure if this has been mentioned, but a stomach ache high up on the belly could be a heart arrythmia at the bottom of the heart. My father died of it and we all were shocked when his doctor said the uncomfortable ache was a symptom. Christmas night will always be remembered for his passing. If more of us knew, then we'd be in the hospital like President Carter, just in case. Good luck to him and his family, and hopefully it was just a stomache and not a heart attack.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andrew in San Francisco

    Aw, Obama's role model is sick....too bad! Maybe he can give what he has to Obama too!

    September 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Exposo

    His death was a failure....

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