Yes, the US is still in recession.
3% GDP growth must be recalibrated to population growth (some 1%). That leaves 2%. 2% of 15 Trillion is 300 Billion. Now how much is the public deficit? More than 1 Trillion per year. Just subtract and you get a realistic view of the economy.
The result is negative, right?
And you may ask: How much efficiency is behind investing 1000 Billion in public deficit to get 300 Billion in growth?