Story by Gator Kincaid
Talk about being in the righ place at the right time. In August of 2021, Alabama House Represenitive Debbie Wood recieved a call that she never expected, and one she will never forget. That call was to play golf, and to meet the 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump at the Trump International Golf Course from the Mar-a-Largo Club in West Palm Beach.
"I was told that a group of people from Alabama along with some delegates were looking to get an endorsment from the former President. I was also told that there would be a a mixed foursome golf tournament and that they were looking for a woman to play due to the fact that a slot had opened up. I then called my husband Bobby and asked him what should I do? To which he replied, you better get on that plane", said Represenitive Debbie Wood.
The Alabama House Rep did just that. She hopped on a plane flew striaght to West Palm Beach, Floridia, got some sleep, and woke up early to catch the shuttle to the Trump International Golf Course before 7:00 am EST.
"I got up early got dressed, grabbed my golf clubs, and went to play golf with the former President of the United States of America. What a thrill it was", Wood said in our interview.
Wood played with the Mayor of Loxley Alabama, Richard Teal, an buisnessman, and a doctor from Montgomery. Just ahead of thier group was Alabama U.S. Senator Tommy Tubberville, and former President Trump.
Afterward the Wood, and the Alabama group sat down with Trump for brunch which was catered by his personal chef.
" Mr. Trump was such a gracious, and hospitable host. I have always respected his policies, but to meet him face to face was somethig else. After brunch, Mr. Tump asked if we wanted to take some photos? He had his own photgrapher, and then asked if we wanted to take some personal ones with him. He was very calm, and compassionate, something we as Americans didn't always see, and it was refreshing to see that side of him", said Wood.
The 45th President of the United States spoke for about fifteen minutes to the foursome from Alabama, and reminded them that the United States is the greatest country in the world.
It was at that time that former President Trump recieved word that United States had withdrawn from Afghanistan leaving between 100 and 200 Americans to face a future of uncertainty and danger as well as $7 billion of military equipment. That withdrawl claimed the lives of 13 American military service members. A very upset Trump then exited.
"We should have never left our people behind", Trump said according to Wood.
Reflecting back, Wood said it was a fabulous trip, and one she will never forget.
"I'm just glad my husband taught me how to play golf", Wood said .
Talk about being in the righ place at the right time, and a picture that will last a lifetime