Chu has repeatedly declined to comment on his status, though speculation abounds that he will leave the White House soon.

When asked at the Green Inaugural Ball on Sunday what his biggest accomplishment has been in the past four years — admittedly a backdoor attempt to gauge his position for Obama's second term — Chu quipped, "I'm still standing."

When pressed further by ITK, Chu said congenially, "I think you should take the night off."