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Patton Oswalt Explains the Shutdown

Actor Patton Oswalt attends the Centerpiece Gala Presentation Of
Patton Oswalt. Photo: Mike Coppola/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.