Obama played golf in Hawaii while Trump was getting impeached
- Barack Obama played a round of golf in Hawaii on Wednesday while Donald Trump was getting impeached in Washington, DC.
- Video footage of the 44th president golfing at the Mid-Pacific Country Club on Wednesday was published by TMZ on Thursday.
- Obama — wearing a purple polo shirt, white cap, and white shorts — seemed cheerful and was seen shaking hands with passersby.
- 4,800 miles away the House of Representatives voted strongly in favor of impeaching Trump on abuse of power and obstruction.
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Barack Obama played a round of golf in Hawaii at the same time as Donald Trump was getting impeached by Congress.
Video footage of the 44th president playing golf at the Mid-Pacific Country Club in Lanikai on Wednesday was published by TMZ on Thursday.
Obama wore a purple polo shirt, white cap, and white shorts and seemed in good spirits, seen shaking hands with passersby.
4,800 miles away, the House of Representatives voted 230-197 in favor of impeaching Trump on abuse of power, and 229-198 in favor of obstruction.
Obama arrived in Hawaii on Monday for vacation, Hawaii News Now reported, adding he also played a round of golf at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course on Thursday.
Obama has kept a low profile during Trump's impeachment proceedings, instead travelling the world with The Obama Foundation.
Obama may have taken a leaf out of Trump's book. Trump chose to play golf on November 29 and 30 at Trump International, Florida, instead of watching US officials testify against him to House investigators.TMZ
When Obama was president, Trump would often tweet his disapproval that he was spending too much time on the golf course.
Trump himself has been criticized for spending an enormous amount of time on the golf course.
Trump has played at least 108 rounds of golf since becoming president in 2016, according to the Trump Golf Count.
While the House voted in favor of impeaching Trump, the Republican Party-dominated Senate now has to vote on whether to remove Trump from office.
The next step is for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to name several House lawmakers as impeachment managers to shepherd the vote through the Senate.
As Business Insider's Grace Panetta and Sonam Sheth reported on Thursday, Congress is going on recess for the holidays so the Senate trial is likely to start in early January.
Trump and leading Senate Republicans have indicated that they want to get a trial done as quickly as possible. "I want an immediate trial!," Trump tweeted Friday.
For Trump to be removed from office, two-thirds of the Senate — 67 members — must vote to convict him.
The Senate consists of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and two independents who caucus with Democrats, meaning Trump is highly unlikely to be removed from office.
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- Nancy Pelosi is considering delaying a full trial on Trump's impeachment, a power play to force concessions from the GOP