Patton Oswalt Explains the Shutdown

Actor Patton Oswalt attends the Centerpiece Gala Presentation Of "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 5, 2013 in New York City.
Patton Oswalt. Photo: Mike Coppola/2013 Getty Images

The shutdown basically, to me, comes down to: It’s people who cannot be comfortable with ‘Hey! You’re not fucking No. 1. You can still be effective as No. 2 or No. 3.’ But like true bullies, unless they’re No. 1, if they even fall one tiny bit, they panic and have to burn the whole school down. And that’s what it is. ” —Comedian Patton Oswalt, to Daily Intelligencer, at Saturday’s New York premiere of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.