To the Editor: Malachy McCourt mocks Sarah Palin for implying that she is an expert on Russie because Alaska is near that country ("Here Come the Russians," Oct. 9). However, is that any different than Obama supporters claiming that Obama is an expert in foreign affairs because he spent four years of his childhood in Indonesia? The fact is that neither Obama nor Palin have the experience to be president. The only difference is that Obama attended Ivy League colleges while Palin did not. Therefore, if you are an elitist snob and are impressed about something someone did 20 years ago, then Obama is your candidate. Reba Shimansky West End Avenue Letters have been edited for clarity, style and brevity.