Neither Limbaugh nor other leading talkers worry about the overall “approval ratings” that obsess politicians.
The professor known as Wittgenstein (and Iyer) obsess about the notion of thought itself on almost every page.
Or why did America obsess over the trial of Jodi Arias, who killed a white man?
c.1500, "to besiege," from Latin obsessus, past participle of obsidere "watch closely; besiege, occupy; stay, remain, abide" literally "sit opposite to," from ob "against" (see ob-) + sedere "sit" (see sedentary). Of evil spirits, "to haunt," from 1530s. Psychological sense is 20c. Related: Obsessed; obsessing.