In a series of exclusive live appearances on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning, Warren Buffett told us that by a "common sense definition", the U.S. economy is already in a recession, even if it hasn't met the technical definition of two consecutive quarters of negative growth.
He's been saying for several months that the U.S. could easily fall into a recession.
CNBC has scheduled a one-hour special program on Buffett's unprecedented Squawk Box appearences.
It's called Warren Buffett - The Billionaire Next Door: Face to Face. It will be hosted by Becky Quick and airs tonight, Monday, March 3 at 9pm ET.
He restated, however, his view that over the long-run the U.S. economy will do fine and that each generation will live better than the one before it. Buffett also said current conditions are "nothing like" the downturn of 1973 and 1974, although he can't rule out the possibility that things will get worse.
Buffett noted that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has a tough "balancing act" and risks reigniting inflation with a series of rate cuts by the central bank.