I know, I know it is a little early to call the end of the recession, much less the next one. But hear me out. The government's massive monetary and fiscal stimulus must raise output, at least the way the government calculates it. With the appropriate lag, the economy will grow again. The recovery will be a weak one, however, without robust job growth. Then a bout of inflation and the Obama administration's tinkering with taxes, health care, etc. will cause uncertainty that will put the economy back into a tailspin. The only question is whether this will play out before the mid-term elections or not and how voters will respond.
For history buffs out there, I'm using the Great Depression as a model here. We may someday speak of the "Obama Recession" in the same way we mention the "Roosevelt Recession" of 1937-38 today. As most people don't remember the Roosevelt Recession, which gets lumped with the downturn of 1929-1933 and blamed on Herbert Hoover, the stock market crash, investment banks, etc., the Obama administration may not see this as a big risk. He is already setting us up for this by his repeated insistence that he "inherited this mess." It's nice to have a shrewd thinker in office for a change!