The “Godfather Part II” actor, who fundraised for Obama during last year’s presidential race, says in the September issue of DuJour magazine, “[Obama’s] trying his best. He’s going to do things that people feel are not right or violating one right or another. But at the end of the day, he represents, I think, the best of the type of people that I would like to see running the government.”

De Niro, 70, says of the White House resident, “He has to play that game, the political game. They all do. They make statements they can’t honor because they’re impossible to honor.”

The Academy Award winner and outspoken Democrat also waxed poetic about life in the nation’s capital, telling DuJour, “Once you get into that Washington machinery, you’ve just got to figure out and swim against the current and grab onto this rock and that, and just train to maintain your course.”