WH: Obama calls Carter, ex-president doing 'great'

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with Jimmy Carter following the ex-president’s hospitalization in Cleveland.

White House spokesman Bill Burton says Obama called Carter from Air Force One as he traveled from New Mexico to Wisconsin. Burton says Carter is feeling great and plans to resume his book tour on Wednesday.

The Carter Center said the 85-year-old former president fell ill on a flight from Atlanta to Cleveland and was taken to a Cleveland hospital. A hospital spokeswoman says Carter is still in the hospital.

Carter is traveling to promote his new book, “White House Diary.”

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he plans to call former President Jimmy Carter to see how he is after Carter was hospitalized with an upset stomach.

During a stop Tuesday at a restaurant in Albuquerque, Obama told reporters he planned to call Carter as soon as he gets to Air Force One for his trip to Wisconsin later in the day.

The Carter Center said the 85-year-old former president fell ill on a flight from Atlanta to Cleveland to promote his recent book and was taken to a Cleveland hospital. Although Carter’s grandson, Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, initially said on his Facebook page that his 85-year-old grandfather was out of the hospital, later he said he had the wrong information. A hospital spokeswoman said Carter was still there.

The Associated Press