Obama played golf in Hawaii while Trump was getting impeached

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.

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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.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19: In this handout provide by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama practices his golf swing at an outdoor hold prior to an event at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center on March 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Obama is serving as the 44th President of the U.S. and the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama waves at a crowd on 18th green as he plays golf at Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, on January 1, 2014. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual winter vacation. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama lines up his putt at 18th green as he plays golf at Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, on January 1, 2014. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual winter vacation. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama reacts at 18th green as he plays golf at Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, on January 1, 2014. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual winter vacation. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) talks with Senator Bob Corker, R-TN, as they play golf on the first hole at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on May 6, 2013. Obama also played with Senator Mark Udall, D-CO, and Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-GA. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama chat after completing the first hole during a golf game September 24, 2011 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. They were also joined by Obama's Chief of Staff William Daley and Clinton's adviser Doug Band. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama plays golf at Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, 23, 2013. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual winter holiday vacation. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., holds the gavel as House members vote on the article II of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Associated Press

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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