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Why Was Nancy Pelosi Checking Her Apple Watch at the SOTU?

Pelosi told NBC News, “My watch was telling me to stand up for a minute.”
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. updates reporters on Democratic reaction to the bipartisan $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Upset with GOP efforts in lifting a ban on U.S. oil exports, Pelosi suggested there might not be enough Democratic votes to push it through the chamber. Congressional leaders hope to ship both bills, a 2,200-page legislative bundle, to President Barack Obama on Friday for his promised signature and adjourn for the year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)J. Scott Applewhite / AP

It was a video seen around the world by political and tech junkies alike. President Barack Obama was making an important point during the State of the Union when cameras cut to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi busily checking… her Apple watch.

Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, has longed championed technological advancement, so it came as no surprise when she started to sport the Apple Watch this year.

What was surprising is that she fiddled with it during the State of the Union, knowing full well that many cameras and eyes would be fixated on her.

So, what was so important that she just had to check it with the leader of the free world speaking just yards away?

Pelosi told NBC News, “My watch was telling me to stand up for a minute.”

Apple Watches come with a fitness feature that encourages the wearer to stand up for a minute to combat being too sedentary. This feature was activated during the speech.

“I didn't know that that was part of the advantage of having such a watch," Pelosi said.

The State of the Union isn't entirely a sedentary matter for members of Congress in the chamber, though. Lawmakers routinely stand to applaud the president's remarks.

Pelosi joked to reporters that she was hoping her Apple Watch would give her credit for the exercise.

"What I was trying to see was, if you stand up to applaud, and you sit down, and then you stand up to applaud again -- if it was cumulative!”

While the watch is certainly a coveted accessory, many would suggest that Pelosi doesn't need additional reminders to stay active. For years, her Hill colleagues have spoken about her boundless energy and her dislike for idle time.