"I wasn't seeing anything. I had a cataract operation on my left eye about a month ago and I thought maybe now I'll be able to see green shoots. We're not seeing them."
During a recent interview with CNBC's Becky Quick, Buffett said, "Well, it's been pretty flat. I get figures on 70-odd businesses, a lot of them daily. Everything that I see about the economy is that we've had no bounce."
His near term prediction for the economy is not much better, "In the (Berkshire Hathaway) annual report, I said the economy would be in a shambles this year and probably well beyond. I'm afraid that's true."
Interestingly Buffett appeared to take a jab at the Obama administration when talking about jobs when Quick asked, "But has Washington done enough that you think they can turn their sights to other problems that exist?"
Buffett responded, "Well, they've turned their sights to other problems, but this problem is not yet solved. And it's the most important problem we have."