What you've got with these economic numbers is flat-out denial of reality.
The economy is recovering on paper...but the only reason is the massive infusion of fiat money that's been going on for the past year. Housing bottoming out? Green shoots? All because of the printing-press, and federal money going to prop up banks.
To get an idea of just how farcical the paper economy is, consider the derivatives market, which recently passed one quadrillion dollars. That's $1,000,000,000,000,000.00, or the U.S. GDP for a century. It's fantasy. It's like kids with a Monopoly game, paper and scissors making themselves a gazillion-dollar bill to buy Boardwalk and Park Place.
I would strongly advise against taking this "recovery" seriously. All we're in right now is a Wile E. Coyote moment: we've run over the edge of the cliff, but just haven't looked down yet. The looking-down will come when the fiat money runs out, and the incipient oil shortage begins to bite.
And for those who believe I'm selling America short, underestimating human ingenuity, and so forth, understand that I'm not positing that American can't solve these problems. I'm saying we're choosing not to, and instead obsessing over the same basic lib-versus-con industrial policy conflict and other partisan bullshit raging since World War II. Take a survey of what the talking heads and whatnot are fixated on, and ask yourself how much significance any of it will have when the basic energy resources that undergird industrial civilization deplete over the next decade.
Nevertheless, I suspect the talking heads will be arguing over the circumstances of Obama's birth even after the rolling blackouts kick in...if anyone out there will care to listen.