January 13th, 2009
08:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama's criticisms 'sort of' angered Laura Bush

[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.

Watch: Bush fights back at critics

"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."

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  1. bob smith

    awwwww...bdee bdee bdee...THAT'S ALL FOLKS!
    Laura, shut up, you're done, cooked, fried, go away!
    George, you look like mike tyson on lithium in that picture LOL.

    January 14, 2009 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  2. Carl from MI

    Dubya is an idiot. Period.

    Laura's been married to him for HOW long and she still doesn't realize it yet? She must really deserve him then...

    January 14, 2009 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  3. Steve

    First let me say that I can not stand Mr. Bush due to what he has subjected us all to for the last eight years. However, I can't help feeling that to continue to bash on him demeans us (the American people) and diminishes the office. I don't feel sorry for him. I just do not see anything productive coming out from all this.

    January 14, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  4. in Canada

    "Yes, sort of. George didn't really even know about it because he didn't really watch it that much," Laura Bush said, laughing.

    Amazing – the Country he has led for the past 8 years and he has so little interest in its future that "he didn't really watch it that much"...

    Kind of sums up the way he governed his Country... Way to go GWB!

    January 14, 2009 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  5. john olowa

    my heart goes out laura.she is the only thing dat kind of gives the bush adminstration some form of credibility.such a nice woman married to an idiot .what i don't understand iz how we ended up bush the second time

    January 14, 2009 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  6. Vic in TX

    Laura needs to remember that Georgie and his two bit friends swift boated John Kerry. Jesus, if anybody should be upset of criticism, its Kerry's wife. All that crap was a bunch of lies about Kerry's Vietnam days and there was Georgie getting in the Guard because of his fathers clout in Texas. Then Georgie basically went AWALL from the Tx National Guard and has the gall to try to tear down a good record of Kerry's Vietnam. So Laura, Im sorry if little George got some criticism from Prez elect Obama. Go back to Dallas and Crawford TX and just realize that ur husband is probably one of the worst Prez's ever in history.

    January 14, 2009 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  7. CA ST

    Oh, you're angry, Laura? And what is your husband and his 20% approval rating going to do about it?

    January 14, 2009 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
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