President Obama, ultimately the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, failed to either detain, or arrange for the detention of, two alleged criminals who were riding with him in his motorcade Thursday evening.

It’s not clear if the suspects were with him in his actual car, or if they came along separately in a different vehicle within the motorcade.

The allegations of wrongdoing against the two men, known so far only as “Luis and Victor,” were made by . . . Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama lodged the charges during remarks to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala in Washington. From the White House transcript:

I want to give a special thanks to two young men who rode over with me from the White House tonight. Luis and Victor are CHCI (Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute) interns and fellows. (Applause.) They are also DREAMers, living and working in the country they call home, and making it a better place for all of us.

Their stories are inspiring. And along with the other CHCI fellows, they give me great hope for the future. They make me optimistic about what America is all about.

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