[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/04/28/crowley.obama.democrats/art.obama.cnn.jpg caption="President Obama should expect more dissention from Democratic lawmakers, says CNN's Candy Crowley."]
(CNN) - As President Obama approaches the 100-day mark, he can look back on a short legislative history with near-unanimous support from fellow Democrats.
Mathematically, he is sitting pretty with overwhelming majorities in the Senate and House. But in politics, things don't always add up.
Two incidents in early January may hold big hints about the post-honeymoon period (when it happens) for the president. In early January, more than two weeks before the Obama inauguration, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill, "I do not work for Barack Obama, I work with him."
Reid also let it be known early on that unlike former Vice President Dick Cheney, Vice President Joe Biden would not be allowed to attend Senate Democratic policy lunches. Two days before the inauguration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wanted immediate repeal of Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and an investigation into whether the Bush Justice Department illegally fired federal prosecutors.
Obama had already said he wanted to move forward rather than look back and signaled he would not repeal Bush tax cuts on the wealthy but rather let them expire in 2010.
So far, Pelosi has lost on both counts. And she and Reid have been formidable activists for the White House agenda. Still, there is a clear political message: no rubber stamps.
It is also a message about the Constitution and the co-equal branches of government.