[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/13/bush.lkl.interview/art.lkl.bush.cnn.jpg caption=" President Bush and first lady Laura Bush sat down with CNN's Larry King Live on Tuesday."](CNN) - President Bush on Tuesday cautioned his successor, Barack Obama, "not to become an economic forecaster" after he takes office later this month.
In an interview with CNN's "Larry King Live," scheduled to air 9 p.m. Tuesday, King and Bush discussed Obama's predictions for a bad year ahead for the U.S. economy.
"He'll learn not to become an economic forecaster once he gets to be president," Bush said, agreeing that 2009 will likely be a hard year.
"That's not a good idea to say?" King asked the outgoing president.
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"I don't think so. I think he can say it's going to be a tough period but to predict what the economy is going to do ... it is going to be bad, but how bad, how long?" Bush responded.
"What he ought to be saying, and I know he feels this way, is he's going to take the steps he thinks are necessary to get us back on the road to recovery and we will recover."
Bush said he liked Obama and was looking forward to his inauguration, where he will have a "front row seat" to an historic moment in the country's history.
But first lady Laura Bush said she took some of Obama's critiques of her husband personally.
"Were you angry at it?" King asked.
"Yes, sort of. George didn't really even know about it because he didn't really watch it that much," Laura Bush said, laughing.
"So what's new?" Bush piped in. "When you make big decisions and tough calls, you're going to get criticized."