Jackart says yes (my emphasis):
I think the snubbing of Gordon Brown is just that – evidence that no-one likes the mealy mouthed, dishonest, slippery, incompetent reverse midas who currently resides in Number 10 Dowing St. The fact that BHO is willing to spend half an hour and Lunch with the one-eved joy vacuum indicates that he loves the UK, and is willing to put up with such a ghastly experience to send a message to a Briatin, who is lumped with the Useless fucker for the next 438 days, that we’re still an important ally.
The fact Cyclops is there at all, shows the special relationship is alive and well.
I disagree. Neither the government nor the people of the USA regard the relationship with Britain as one of its most important ones. We can demonstrate by using Google to count the number of hits that various search terms get on change.ogv (the Obama/Biden transition site) and whitehouse.gov. Note that for some entities multiple search terms have been used so “Britain/UK” refers to whichever gets them ost hits out of the search terms “Britain”, “UK” or “Britain OR UK”. Note that whitehouse.gov is written by the US government (a lot of pages data back to Bush), while much of the content on change.gov was written by citizens.
So I’ve done this for a number of countries. I chose the top 10 by GDP, GDP at PPP, population and land area, plus a few I thought would get lots of hits. Here’s the results:
So there you have it — the USA thinks its relations with Britain are less important than those with France, Pakistan, India, Iran, Japan, Germany, Canada, Russia, Mexico, Europe, China, Afghanistan, Israel and Iraq.
We’re still more important than Australia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Argentina, mind.