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Jimmy Carter hospitalized for 'stomach bug'

Posted September 28, 2010

— A grandson of Jimmy Carter says the former president he is out of a Cleveland hospital after being taken there with an upset stomach.

Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter said on his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that his 85-year-old grandfather “got a stomach bug” but that “he is fine.”

“He’s definitely resting comfortably and expected to continue his book tour this week,” Jason Carter said. “I haven’t talked to him, but nobody in the family is concerned.”

The 39th president of the United States fell ill on a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to Cleveland Tuesday morning and was taken to MetroHealth Hospital for observation, Deanna Congileo, press secretary for Carter's humanitarian organization, The Carter Center, said.

Carter was scheduled to sign about 500 copies of his new book, “White House Diary” in suburban Cleveland on Tuesday afternoon before flying to Durham for a book signing for 1,000 people at The Regulator Bookshop at 7 p.m.

Whether Carter, who will be 86 on Friday, was to keep his Durham schedule changed throughout the day.

Tom Campbell, who owns The Regulator, said Carter's staff initially notified him to tell him the appearance was still on. By 3 p.m., though, Campbell said, Secret Service staff and representatives had canceled the appearance.

Stomach ache postpones Carter's book tour Stomach ache postpones Carter's book tour

Campbell said the book signing will be rescheduled, although he's not sure for when.

"Things happen – a lot worse than this could happen, and hopefully it's just a little stomach bug for him," Campbell said. "It's not the end of the world – a stomach bug and a postponed book signing."

Carter expected to continue the book tour later this week and was next scheduled to appear at two events in Washington, D.C., including one at the Smithsonian Institution, said Kathy Daneman, publicity manager at publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

"White House Diary" is a compilation of Carter's thoughts and observations while in office. He wrote that he decided to publish the diary because it “may be my last chance to offer an assessment of my time in the White House.”

In the book, Carter wrote that he pursued an overly aggressive agenda as president that may have confused voters and alienated lawmakers. But he said the tipping points that cost him the 1980 election were the Iran hostage crisis and the Democratic primary challenge by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy.

A former peanut farmer elected to the White House in 1976, Carter has spent his recent years pursuing peace and human rights, efforts that won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

Carter was last in the Triangle two years ago promoting his book, "A Remarkable Mother," a tribute to his late mother, whom he credits for inspiring him to work as a humanitarian and peace activist after his presidency.


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  • gswalker51 Sep 29, 2010

    It's a weird dynamic...the smartest Presidents (Carter, Clinton, etc.) did some of the dumbest things while the dumbest Presidents (Reagan was a great communicator but delegated a lot of things to a very talented Cabinet while he napped) capitalized on better ideas and the country was just better off with them in office. Before anyone defends Clinton, trust me...200 years from now all they're going to remember him for was the sex scandal and doing LITERALLY nothing after the 1993 WTC bombing, 1998 US embassy bombings and 2000 attack on the USS Cole...not the hyperinflated tech-boom stock market that busted about 3 days after 2001 began.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Sep 29, 2010

    It's hard to feel much good will for this man. But I hope he gets better soon.

  • whatelseisnew Sep 29, 2010

    Former President Carter really should not try to reinvent his time at the White House.

  • awheywego Sep 29, 2010

    Aw, the old commie is going to be okay.

  • jet2rdu Sep 28, 2010

    I hope Carter gets well and can continue his book tour.

    The tour is good for our country. It keeps Jimmy away from partisan politics. Whether it's trashing any ideology that doesn't fit with liberalism, siding with Palestinian terrorists or bestowing legitimacy to the rigged "elections" of world dictators, Jimmy is more than willing to allow his puppet strings be pulled and manipulated for the sole reason of rank partisanship by the DNC.

    During Jimmy's 4 years in office, he presided over the worst economic downturn since WWII, allowed a bunch of protesters to seize our US Embassy and our citizens in Iran, and supported Philippine dictator Fernando Marcos, Pakistani General Zia al Huq, Saudi King Faud and many other dictators? Or the inflation rate climbed higher each year he was in office, rising from 6% in 1976 to more than 12% by 1980 and interest rates reached a high of 20% or more twice during 1980?

    We're still paying the price for his dreadful & feeble foreign policies.

  • james27613 Sep 28, 2010

    I agree he was not the best POTUS and he is not the worst POTUS.

    He kept US out of war with Iran during the hostage crisis,
    our military tried but was not successful with the rescue attempt.

    If they pulled it off he would not be called the worst POTUS.

    He kept himself confined to the White House during the crisis,
    in contrast to Bush Sr. who enjoyed his speed boat in Maine.

  • Plenty Coups Sep 28, 2010

    For presidential rankings:

  • Plenty Coups Sep 28, 2010

    "It wasn't a bug, it was a sinking feeling he got when he realized he's not going to be the worst President in history after all!"

    Well, can't say I was a big Jimmy Carter fan. However, historians don't view him as being the worst president, not even close, despite what conservatives try to say. In various rankings, James Buchanan and Warren Harding always rank near the bottom. And what of Reagan? That conservative god? Most rankings do place him in the top half of presidents but certainly not in the league of the Roosevelts or Lincoln.

  • Wacky_dood Sep 28, 2010

    I always get an upset stomach when flying to Cleveland.

  • Mustang Sep 28, 2010

    I'm sure if he goes to sleep with a stomach bug that he will wake up with that "get up and go" feeling!