Oprah Winfrey slammed Hollywood’s sexual predators (though she did not name a single individual) on Sunday night during the 75th Golden Globe Awards when she accepted this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for her “incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”
NBC even implied that Oprah will run for and win the presidency sometime in the future in a now-deleted tweet sent from the network’s main account that appeared to endorse the idea of an Oprah Winfrey candidacy in 2020. The tweet was posted during the Golden Globe ceremony.
Now other news outlets are suggesting the same including CNN Money sources, “Oprah Winfrey ‘actively thinking’ about running for president”.
Some media outlets even went as far as to speculate “What we could expect from an Oprah administration.”
Perhaps one person to ask that question to would be Susan Geston, wife of Jeff Bridges.
Despite her desperate attempts to appear to be a good neighbor, Oprah Winfrey was accused of helping herself to all the water she wanted in order to keep her private Santa Barbara estate lush and green, while the rest of the residents were to wallow under parched conditions and drought restrictions.
During record droughts in California, questions about the amount of water Oprah Winfrey was using on her $29 million acreage properties located in Santa Barbara County were reported.
It’s an issue Californians takes seriously. At the time, two known water experts from the Montecito Planning Commission cautioned, “We are still in a drought.”
Finding enough water to maintain her 65 acres of manicured lawns and gardens has been an ongoing challenge for Winfrey. In 2014, she hired water tank trucks to water the plants on her property. In 2015, she came under fire from a neighbor who shares a well with her and two other residents. “I’ll bet you that she alone is using 10 or 20 times what everyone else is pulling from that aquifer,” said the neighbor.
If Oprah is really considering a run for the White House, Hollywood and the media may want to take a look at where the potential candidate stands on the issues.
All residents living in the unincorporated area, except those in the coastal zone, can drill private wells. They just need about $100,000 and land above a plentiful aquifer.
Nearby neighbors of Winfrey, explained the Montecito Water District refused to grant them hookup permits to the district because they have a private water well on their property and the state is still in a drought.
Winfrey’s properties were also the subject of neighborhood complaints lodged with county officials. But not all have centered on water hogging.
According to reports, two groups of neighbors criticized activity including bulldozing oak trees and vegetation near a creek without proper permits. One neighbor provided photos to county officials, showing her lot was flooded with muddy runoff water from Winfrey’s property after winter storms.
Maybe an initial ground campaign for Oprah would be to see if she could gather enough votes to become HOA President first. After that, maybe roll out nationally.