For those counting on the robust US economy (export-dependent countries like Japan and China, for example), good luck, unless you're selling goods to the Obama government.
From Business Insider (1/4/2013), showing the chart by Calculated Risk blog:
The "Great Recession", according to the economists in the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, started in December 2007 (huh?) and ended in June 2009 (huh?).
That's 42 months ago from the right edge of the chart above. Some recovery.