Welp, good news.
As I said in the OP, it was going to be likely that the GDP actually grew in 2012's fourth quarter, rather than the 0.1% shrinkage originally reported.
Turns out, it's actually grown. At least 0.2% according to one source. 0.5% according to another.
So that's something.
The downside is that it's projected the trade deficit will actually grow in 2013, since America's recovery is projected to be stronger than just about all of its allies.