Word is flying around that former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized in Cleveland, after complaining of not feeling well on the flight there.
This from the Carter Center:
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. He is resting comfortably and is expected to resume his book tour this week.
Carter had been scheduled to make a 1 p.m. appearance just east of Cleveland to sign copies of his new book, “White House Diary.” Carter was scheduled to call Atlanta for a 20-minute interview – which I’d planned on using for a Sunday column – on his way back to the airport.
Carter’s election as governor in 1970 forged the alliance between black and white voters kept Georgia Democrats in power through the end of the century. It would have been worth asking the former president what he thought the chances were for a revival of that partnership.
His publisher’s schedule had Carter – who will turn 86 on Friday – making 16 appearances over 38 days, through Oct. 29, traveling from New York as far as Seattle and Salt Lake City. An Oct. 13 book-signing had been scheduled at the Carter Presidential Library.
When first released, “White House Diary” made a splash of headline’s for Carter’s contention that then U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last year, thwarted the 39th president’s effort to pass health care reform.
Here’s hoping Carter is back on his feet quickly.
But this quote from the former president, contained in a press release enclosed with review copies of his book, jumped out at me last night:
“This may be my last chance to offer an assessment of my time in the White House, and to comment on how the United States and the world have changed since then. As I look back, I am proud of what we accomplished.”